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helpless handyman 02-01-2007 07:00 PM

Painting Sheetrock
I am getting ready to start priming my new sheetrock walls. Whats the best size of nap roller cover for this? 1/2, 3/8, 1/4? Thanksl

slickshift 02-01-2007 08:10 PM

1/2" premium quality roller sleeve

Brik 02-02-2007 10:34 AM

Why do you suggest 1/2" I'm curious. I am using 3/8" on mine right now and it seems to be going OK. A bit slow though. Will 1/2" speed up the process because it can hold more paint? Or, will 1/2" put more paint on the wall, hence I will use more paint? Do you recommend 1/2" because it will leave a bit more texture?

slickshift 02-02-2007 12:31 PM

1/2" will speed up the process considerably
It holds much more paint, which means less dipping, which costs a fair amount of time...time that is not spent applying paint
It also means less over-lapping with "fresh" and "applied" paint, less chance of lap marks, less need to maintain a "wet edge"...

The 1/2" really doesn't leave more stipple (texture)
Not with a quality paint that has some leveling properties
That and the quality of the sleeve are more determining factors

I really recommend 1/2" as a minumum
Even for DIYers and n00bs

The only thing that might out-weigh the nap size is sleeve quality
If I've got a choice between an iffy 1/2" nap, or a quality 3/8", I'll (hesitantly) take the quality 3/8" over the iffy 1/2"
It'd have to be a choice of one or the other though
I'd never willingly pick up a 3/8" if I could use a 1/2" +

Brik 02-02-2007 12:56 PM

Hmm. How about for the finish coat, not the primer? Same advice?

I am currently priming my Sheetrock on a basement finishing project. I have gone through 5 gallons of primer so far. I started with a 3/8" roller of unknown quality. It did not leave fuzz and I had zero issues with lap marks or other problems. Only 'problem' was the drywall sucking up the paint. This caused things to go slow and use a fair amount of paint (it seemed to me).

I decided to try one of those paint stick things. It also had a 3/8 nap. It DID speed up the priming process but added time to the cleanup. For longer stints of priming it definitely saved time. I would not even consider it if I was only going to paint/prime for an hour.

slickshift 02-02-2007 01:21 PM


Originally Posted by Brik (Post 32189)
Hmm. How about for the finish coat, not the primer? Same advice?

The same

joewho 02-02-2007 05:14 PM

Primer dries to less thickness than paint, and once you have a little bit of experience you might try a 3/4" 50/50 sleeve. On new construction you can use the 3/4 for everything, or if not, then use 3/4 for everything except your top coat. This will speed things up because a good sleeve picks up and releases more paint. Meaning more sq.ft. of coverage per dip. It doesn't use more paint on the overall job.

helpless handyman 02-02-2007 08:06 PM

Thanks guys, I am using purdy rollers:thumbup:

jmthouston 02-17-2007 12:05 AM

look at this
:thumbup: much faster no and Brik what do you mean by sticky thing -Emulsabond could you please clarify thanks

slickshift 02-17-2007 07:54 AM


Originally Posted by helpless handyman (Post 32223)
Thanks guys, I am using purdy rollers

Minimum quality Purdy I'd recommend would be White Doves

Brik 02-17-2007 08:25 PM


Originally Posted by jmthouston (Post 33720)
Brik what do you mean by sticky thing -Emulsabond could you please clarify thanks

Ah the stick thing...
^^^^^^^^^Thats not me!^^^^^^^^^^^^^

She is using a paint stick. The paint goes into the handle and pushes out the roller. Holds about 1/2 quart at a time I think. Cost about $20.,747.html

slickshift 02-17-2007 08:35 PM


Originally Posted by Brik (Post 33800)
^^^^^^^^^Thats not me!^^^^^^^^^^^^^

No it's not you at all...usually you wear your hair down, Brik
Nice look for you though
Makes you look more sofisterkated

boman47k 02-18-2007 08:33 PM

Heheh, got one of those once. Never again.

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