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Old 02-25-2011, 11:18 PM   #1
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Hi All,

Please give me your thoughts on automatic paint rollers. Do they really make the overall job easier?

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I have never used one in all my years, and I've never seen another professional use one either. If they worked, the people who put extra money in their pocket when productivity increases would be lining up to buy them.

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I have never used one in all my years, and I've never seen another professional use one either. If they worked, the people who put extra money in their pocket when productivity increases would be lining up to buy them.
This is true. The extra time and agrevation cleaning those far exceed the benefits they produce. If time is the critical factor then nothing beats a sprayer even with someone backrolling.
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I had thought about the cleanup and all the extra work.

Regarding spraying, I have two questions.

I presume that backrolling means following the spraying operation with a roller in order to clean up dripping paint? Can one person perform both functions, spraying and backrolling?

Secondly, is it very difficult to spray paint a ceiling? It seems that it would be more difficult going against gravity.

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Backrolling will give the substrate a look of a traditional cut and roll. One person could perform both functions. I like to have two people working together so there are no problems with the paint setting up on you before you can backroll. Ceilings are no problem as the spray machine should have plenty of power.

Two other things that are critical are masking and cleaning.First make sure that anything that you don't want painted are masked off with plastic and tape. Be careful that the tape is applied tightly as the paint will find it's way behind it otherwise. Second vacuum everything completely. Especially if it's new construction. That means electrical boxes, between drywall and floor, etc. If you have a dirty area you will put the dirt into your finish and will have a mess to clean that won't be fun.
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I gave the steps in the wrong order. Clean first, mask next. Use a quality painters tape that will come off easily and without damaging anything.
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We have timed the power roller vs. a man with a regular roller. Believe it or not, the man with a traditional roller system wins quite handily if he knows what he's doing.
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Another professional painter here: I use good-old-fashioned manual lamb skin rollers. Sounds like that's the majority opinion in this thread.
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[quote=enos;876315]Another professional painter here: I use good-old-fashioned manual lamb skin rollers. Sounds like that's the majority opinion in this thread.[/quote]


which has been dead for over a year
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And yet I seem to have raised the dead.
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And yet I seem to have raised the dead.

yes,yes, you did

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