Paint rollers and pads are much preferred for use on relatively smooth but large surfaces for a variety of reasons. They save time, have a smoother finish and are more easy on the hands. Brushes are still the best for rough surfaces, but if you are already decided on buying paint rollers and pads, here are the steps that can help you achieve that end:
- Check your work area first. If your surface is still rough, you will need a longer length of nap for your paint roller. Make sure that you factor in your work space considerations. This way, you will not find a mismatch to your purchased paint roller and pad and actual working conditions.
- Find the most accessible types of paint rollers and pads in your area. The accessible paint rollers and pads are most easy to replace and purchase than those good ones that are hard to reach financially and distance-wise. If you can already find a decent pair of rollers and pads in your neighborhood, take advantage.
- Read reviews on specific paint roller and pad brands. Websites such as Dooyoo provide you with specific reviews on the paint rollers and pads. This will help narrow down your choices.
- Know in advance how to maintain the paint roller and pads that you are eyeing. The core material of your paint roller will give you an idea of what exactly to maintain later after a lot of uses of the paint roller and pad. Also, cleaning the paint roller is something you need to familiarize with immediately, especially if you are working on a large project that will take more than just a day's work.
- Steer clear of seams. Inspect the material carefully. For online purchases, make sure you have a return warranty for sub-standard items shipped to you. Make sure that the roller is in pristine condition.
- Look for user friendly features. One such feature includes the resilience to elements such as water and paint solvents. Easy maintenance is also another factor for your consideration.
- Decide on the finish of the roller or pad. Will you opt for natural or synthetic materials of the pad or roller? This is a primary consideration before buying.
- Find a tray for containing the rolls and pads. How you will store the paint rollers and pads is also a factor before you buy it. Make sure you have this in mind too.
- Test the roller. Testers are your best friends. Test the roller by applying it in a slanting motion, forming an M on a surface. Check if it has satisfactory results for you.
- Consider its affordability. How much you are willing to shell out and how much is the cost of your ideal paint roller and pad set? Have ready answers for these two questions as you compare different types before buying.
Painter's tape, a stool (for hard to reach areas), extension handles and edgers are also some of the other materials that you may want to consider buying in addition to your rollers and pads. This will help maximize your experience in painting your room.