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In this video, pick the right size, fiber type, and nap length paint roller for the job.

TIP 1: Use a 9-inch roller for general painting, a 14- or 18-inch roller for quickly coating large walls and ceilings, and a small foam roller on door panels and wainscoting.

TIP 2: Choose a roller's nap length based on the roughness of the surface: a ⅛- to ¼-inch nap for smooth surfaces, like plaster; a ⅜- to ½-inch nap for lightly textured drywall; and a ¾-inch nap for textured surfaces, like stucco or brick.

TIP 3: Use rollers with polyester and nylon fibers with latex paints; natural fibers, like mohair and lamb's wool, with oil-based paints; and foam rollers on porous surfaces, like bare wood, or where you want a glossy-smooth finish, like on cabinets.

See the rest of the Beyond the Basics: Painting series:

  1. How to Pick a Paint
  2. How to Choose a Primer
  3. How to Pick a Paintbrush
  4. How to Choose a Roller
  5. How to Prep A Room for Paint
  6. How to Prep Walls for Paint
  7. How to Use a Paint Brush
  8. How to Roll Paint Onto a Wall
  9. How to Clean a Paint Brush
  10. How to Clean a Paint Roller