An ideal paint applicator increases production and makes your painting project easier; choose the right roller cover and that’s exactly what you’ll do. When selecting a roller cover, the most important factor to consider is the sheen of your paint.

Gloss or Semi-Gloss Paint

Glossy paints have a very high sheen and will tend to show more lint on the surface from the roller. Therefore, when using a gloss or semi-gloss paint, it is important to choose a shed-resistant woven cover. The fibers that make up the woven fabric are locked into the backing with a tight, “double lock” process providing a smooth and virtually lint-free finish.

Flat, Eggshell, or Satin Paint

To apply flat, eggshell, or satin paints and stains, a knit roller cover is recommended. Knit roller covers can pick up and release higher amounts of paint than woven fabrics because the fibers have a looped backing with a single pass-through process resulting in a more “open” fabric. However, if you’re looking for a finer, professional-quality finish, a shed-resistant woven roller cover is recommended with flat or satin paint too.

Microfiber and foam roller covers are also available in many paint and hardware stores. You can achieve spray-like results with both of these roller covers when applying any type of paint, varnish, or enamel. They are great to use on cabinets, doors, and other smooth surfaces.

Now that you know which roller cover fabric to choose, learn which nap height to choose based on the texture of the surface you’re painting.

The Wooster Brush Company offers quality roller covers for every sheen of paint available, but different rollers excel in specific applications. If you have additional questions or need more information, please contact our Customer Service Department.