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Old 06-27-2013, 11:42 AM   #1
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How do foam rollers work for painting smooth doors?? Better than standard polyester rollers?

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How do foam rollers work for painting smooth doors?? Better than standard polyester rollers?
They can be better in terms of leaving a smooth finish. Little bit of a learning curve with them as opposed to a regular roller. One important thing with any roller, but especially with foam, is not to apply too much pressure while rolling.

I use them a lot on metal and wood doors when spraying is not feasible and I don't want brush strokes. Once you get the hang of them they will give you a nice tight stipple finish. Way better then brush strokes IMO

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I have never liked them and have only ever used them for applying things like contact adhesive to matching surfaces. They do not hold or release enough paint.

If I mention the thick nap roller cover I would use my painter bubbas will come unglued again.

Use at least 1/2 nap cover with latex paint even over a flat surface. I liked adding Floetrol (for latex and XIM liked by others same concept) to even out rolled finishes on doors. I have been known to toss a polycrylic into paint for doors I knew were going to kicked at and otherwise abused. Of course I knew not to go over my roller strokes then.

Of course you must have this discussion only if planning to use quality, paint store paint.
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One other comment. If you want glass like finish I could come close. If removable or portable, I have been known to drag the strangest of things beyond trucks and cars to body shop bubbas to have them spray painted.

I am not a big fan of spray painting home interiors, or parts of them, unless empty but do appreciate the work when it is called for and appropriate.

I can roll or brush out a door hanging in place in minutes so it makes no sense to mask and spray it. And I love the look of painted over door hardware (and switchplates) so I never bothered to remove the stuff.
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the foam rollers work pretty good. i roll the paint on the entire door and then very gingerly dry roll the door with no pressure. you will see a ton of bubbles in the paint. they will pop and the paint levels out nicely. adding floetrol can help with smoothing it out.
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When spraying is not feasible I roll the door (panel not slab) with a 4" roller using Flotrol in the paint. Then follow it with a quality brush to smooth and even it out. I guess what I mean is just drag the brush lightly, not like your applying the paint. And I should say a nap roller not foam. When dry no brush marks.
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When spraying is not feasible I roll the door (panel not slab) with a 4" roller using Flotrol in the paint. Then follow it with a quality brush to smooth and even it out. I guess what I mean is just drag the brush lightly, not like your applying the paint. And I should say a nap roller not foam. When dry no brush marks.

That's how I do it also. I have never used a foam roller for anything
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If you're using latex paint then I would use a standard roller. If you are using oil based paint then use a foam roller for best results.

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