What roller to use for primer to get the best results?

Painting is one of the simplest yet challenging DIY tasks. Even a beginner can successfully do some of the most straightforward DIY painting tasks. There are many steps involved in paint jobs; you just don’t take any paint and slap it on the wall!

There are various equipment used to apply paints on surfaces, such as rollers and paintbrushes. This is mostly determined by the type of surface to be painted: smooth, rough, or textured surfaces. 

Although many beginner DIY painters paint directly on the wall surface, this is not advisable for many reasons. It is preferable to apply primers on the surface before the proper application of paint. 

What are Primers? 

Generally, primers are sticky substances applied on the surface to be painted before the proper painting. They are not to be applied with appropriate care. Primers can be applied with paint brushes or rollers to provide a smooth finish. 

Types of Primers

There are many types of primers for different coating surfaces. You should go through the list of available priming products before deciding whether you would want to apply a masonry primer or a wood primer. Below are the types of primers for different projects:

Wood Primer: Unlike walls and other surfaces, wood does not hold paint as quickly. It is always recommended to coat your wood surface with a wood primer for the paint to adhere more easily. 

The traditional wood primer is oil based, and it takes quite a long time to dry. During this long drying, it soaks into the wood and offers more protection and adhesiveness, and also results in a better and smooth finish. 

This long drying period is a turn off for painters nowadays, as people just want to get the job done and move on. Now, you can choose better oil and latex primers, which dry faster and provide the needed benefits. 

Dry Wall Primer: 

Dry walls can be annoying to paint with their rate of soaking up paints. The rate of soaking up and drying also differs from one surface to another, depending on the surface’s dryness. Painting such surfaces without a prior coating can result in an inconsistent appearance. 

For dry, unpainted, and pure walls, invest in a good drywall primer, and you will end up saving money on interior latex paint. 

Masonry Primer:

Due to the presence of mortar or cement, some surfaces are higher in pH levels. Higher pH levels can resist paint. 

You should apply a masonry wall primer before painting masonry surfaces to allow your paint to properly stick and come out with a uniform texture and appearance. 

Bonding Primer:

These are specially designed for smooth and slippery surfaces such as ceramic, plastic, vinyl, and textured surfaces with a high gloss finish. 

Surfaces like these repel paints, and even primers have a tough time sticking on them. Use only the proper bonding primers for such tasks. It can be applied using a brush or roller. 

Stain-Blocking Primer:

Choosing the right one out of the numerous stain-blocking primers depends on the purpose you want such it to serve.

Use the right primer for situations when you need to keep away stains and pollution such as smoke, water, and grease. Also, they can be applied over painted surfaces before applying another paint coat over them. 

Multi-Purpose Primers: According to many manufacturers and DIYers, it is better and easier to use multipurpose primers that work for different surfaces. 

But still, you should note that not all multipurpose primers work well for every intended task. Ensure to use only products from good and trusted brands. 

Paint and Primer In One: Due to improved technological advancement, a new type of paint and primer product was introduced. Do you want to save time? These products allow you to prime and paint at the same time! 

Like multipurpose primers, not all paint and primer in one product are suitable for all tasks. You should read the label and note the specifications before purchasing. 

What Are Paint Rollers?

This is a question that would only be asked by total amateurs in painting. Rollers are equipment used to paint on flat surfaces rapidly. It covers rapid rolls and paints the surface while ensuring a smooth and even texture. 

You might wonder why brushes are not used instead of paint rollers. Not only do paint rollers make the paint job faster, but they also ensure that the texture is even and smooth. Nowadays, the most common use of paintbrushes is for painting edges and for finishing touches. 

Types of Rollers 

The paint roller comes with different roller covers. The roller cover is the outer part that applies the paint to the surface. It is always attached to the paint frame. 

Below are the types of paint roller covers according to their materials:

Natural Fibers: These are paint rollers made with mohair or lamb’s wool. They match very well with oil-based paints and primer products and can be used on virtually any surface. 

Synthetic Fabrics: As the name implies, these paint rollers are made up of synthetic materials such as polyester or nylon. The roller works well with water-based paints and primers and is suitable for all surfaces. 

Foam Roller Covers: These are less durable than other types of cover materials. They are used for oil-based paints and very glossy latex paints. 

Some rollers are made with a blend of polyester and wool. They can be used for many tasks. Furthermore, a roller can also be classified according to its width and thickness. 

What is Nap? 

Nap is the degree of thickness of a paint roller cover. A higher thickness means a higher nap. Generally, paintbrushes with thicker naps are more suitable for rough surfaces. 

Classification of Paint Roller Covers According to Nap/Thickness:


Classification of Paint Roller Cover According to Width 

Paint roller cover comes in different sizes ranging from 2-18 inches. You can choose the desired size depending on the job. 


Paint Roller With Attachment - High Ceiling

Use a roller extension or attach a long stick or metal to the roller frame, to reach high painting surfaces. In choosing the right paint roller, you must think about the shape, size, and texture of your painting surface. 

Now that you are well-versed in many different types of primers and paint rollers, you can choose the right roller for your primer. Don’t forget to consider the surface to be painted.

Texture plays a vital role in selecting a roller. Using a roller of rough nap on smooth surfaces is not the best decision. Instead, choose one of suitable size and nap for the project. 

Generally, it is okay to use a 9-inch paint roller with a 3/8- to 1/2-inch roller cover of versatile quality to apply primer to your painting surface. The type of suitable roller might vary, depending on the paint surface.

Paint Rollers are important, but Paint Brushes have their own significance.