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7echo 01-17-2009 09:56 AM

foam rollers for walls?
I am painting new walls in a laundry/mud room. The walls are primed, drywall work was done well. I did the ceiling with a 3/8 white dove and that went fine. I have about 38" of wainscot, then walls up to about 7' 8", so not a lot of wall. I am going with a semi gloss on the wainscot, satin on the walls. I primed the wainscot with a 6" foam roller and it worked well. Any problem with using a foam roller on the walls?

Thanks for comments/opinions!

sirwired 01-17-2009 10:28 AM

The problem with using a foam on a wall, as best I can guess, is that the paint will have a tough time "flowing" out of the foam; instead you will have to squeeze. That WILL lead to inevitable roller marks. I am also guessing that a foam roller will hold less paint, making the job take longer.

Personally, I wouldn't risk $20 of paint to experiment with using an alternative to a $3 roller cover.

If you do try the foam on the wall, let us know how it turns out.


Nestor_Kelebay 01-17-2009 02:16 PM

The ONLY time I ever use foam rollers is when I'm painting wood moldings because the foam roller puts a thinner coat of paint on. If I use a regular roller sleeve, then paint gets squeezed out of it and ends up dripping off the edge of the wood moldings.

I've seen larger foam rollers (like 7 inch foam rollers) and I'm wondering what people use them for? Walls?

markpainter 01-18-2009 09:28 PM

Yeah, foam is best for very thin coats so while there isn't a "problem" with using it I think it would take longer and isn't worth it.
Mark, MN Painters Network

7echo 01-19-2009 08:17 AM

Appreciate the comments.

I will use the 3/8 cover, don't want to make this an experiment.

Thanks again!

slickshift 01-19-2009 05:49 PM


Originally Posted by 7echo
...I will use the 3/8 cover


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