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Old 05-28-2009, 05:11 PM   #1
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When to change paint roller sleeve

How long does a quality paint roller sleeve last and how do you know when it's worn out. I've painted four rooms and use a new roller for each room for the paint and one for each room for the primer. I throw them out after I finish the room. I am now working on three or four rooms of same color. How long can I continue using the same sleeve?


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Old 05-28-2009, 05:52 PM   #2
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Depends on the quality of the cover and how well you clean them but I usually get a couple rooms worth before turning them over to primer covers for wallpaper primer.


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I worked with an older tradesman that told me years ago to wrap the roller in aluminum foil to help keep it from drying out. So after I use a roller I rinse it out if I think it will be several days until I use it again and wrap it tight in foil, otherwise if I might use the roller later that day I wont rinse it at all and just wrap it in foil. It seems to work well. Anyone else ever try using foil ?
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I usually do a couple of color coats with a roller, and then they get to apply primer, or if I did a really good job cleaning them out, ceiling paint. Life is too short to spend a lot of time cleaning out $5 roller covers.

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