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Buy Quality Rollers for DIY Projects

A quality roller saves you time and gives a more professional finish

The average diy’er is very likely to purchase a paint roller from their local diy store, promising to be the most treasured item it is then to placed in a box along with all the other tools for the home. sounds familiar?

So you now own a roller, waiting with some excitement, you’re now ready to plan that decorating project then your ready to commence, paint is at the ready, the roller is dragged out of the box. The plunged roller is now fuelled up, suddenly your armed with a loaded paint roller, and you proceed enthusiastically with up an down strokes. 

Anyone one can do this, you think to yourself, then after a while you identify small fibres, or bits on you freshly painted wall. The reason for this could of course be related to how the roller was stored in the tool box, however if the roller was a cheap quality purchase then it is more likely that the roller is leaving behind fibres from the material. This can be really frustrating and will give a poor finish taking more time up picking out the fibres and covering again.

When selecting a roller Squeeze the roller sleeve and if it quickly returns to its original shape then it is probably well made.

Go for shorter piles for smoother finishes.

The type of paint used is important when selecting a roller sleeve. A woven roller sleeves are generally better for solvent based paints and micro-fibre sleeves are better for water based products.

Recommended by the professionals

I would recommend a Purdy roller, they last forever, give a great finish and are very easy to clean following application.

Usually warm soapy water is enough to get the roller clean and ready for the next job,

Matthews Decorating Top Tip

While you are waiting for the first coat of paint to dry, wrap the roller sleeve in clingfilm, then the roller will not go hard and you will continue to get a good application on your next coat.

You may prefer to purchase a roller cover to store your roller between coats and after cleaning to protect from dust

Roller Covers for storing your sleeve

Roller Jargon Buster

  • A roller consists of a handle and roller sleeve.
  • The length of the roller fibres is called the pile or nap.
  • Rollers can be made of manmade fibres or natural fibres such as sheepskin.
  • Generally, natural fibres hold more paint than the man-made types.
  • Rougher finishes generally need longer pile rollers.
  • Smoother finishes are best achieved with shorter pile roller sleeves.

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