Bad habits are hard to break
When you really sit down to think about rolling a room with a 9” roller cover—it does seem a bit silly, doesn’t it? Nine inches is only about the size of your hand stretched from pinky to thumb. Other things nine inches: TV Remote, size 9 shoe, mouse pad, 2 iPhones side-by-side, bread pan, box of tissues, dinner plate, tube of toothpaste. You can maximize your productivity by cutting your own size roller cover from either a 12, 14 or 18-inch covers using a (cough) miter saw… be careful.. please, and re-bevel it with scissors. Alternatively, a PVC hand saw can be used to cut a roller cover.
A 9-inch cover, in my most humble opinion has no place for a paint contractor.
When I look at a 9-inch cover I just think, “this will take some time”. If you typically roll with a nine then you may not be aware of the efficiency of larger covers and how they help to produce consistent finishes. By the time you overlap a nine, you are making 6 or 7 inch passes. Yup… not very efficient is it?
There are 12” roller covers available, but I prefer to roll with 11” because it fits in more places. From there, I like a 14” and for wide open spaces, I use an 18”. You can fit an 11” cover on most durable 9-inch frames. Simply add an end-cap to the open end. Those of you rolling out of a five gallon bucket would need to cross over to the dark side of paint pans [insert Darth Vader noise] like an 18-inch pan. Try it! Or skip the 11″ and go straight to rolling with a 14″ roller cover.
Rolling with an 11-inch roller cover below a window with tall baseboard.
Rolling under kitchen cabinets with the roller positioned to reflect a backsplash in place.
Top Photo: Rolling with an 11-inch roller cover above a door cased with wide trim. It’s best to roll the areas above doors sideways and tight so this is a perfect fit.
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