Rollers can be used to paint large, flat surfaces in much less time than it would take using a paint brush and a good roller-frame is a tool that can last years. Roller-frames are also a relatively inexpensive time-saving tool.You should choose a frame with a comfortable handle that has a threaded end, which is also extension ready (can connect to an extension handle). The frame should be well-balanced with nylon bearings.
Roller covers are available in a wide variety of nap lengths and materials and most jobs can be done using a 3/8" nap. You should select roller covers that are synthetic, average-priced and can be reused a few times before needing to be discarded. Be sure to rinse all rollers before using to remove lint. We recommend that you stay away from low-priced rollers as they may shed lint and fibers onto the surface that you are painting.
Synthetic covers are good with most paints and especially so with latex paints. You can use more expensive wool roller covers when using oil-based paints. Wool or mohair roller covers give an even finish with oil-based products. Mohair covers works well with glossy oil-based paints for smoothness. We recommend that you choose good-quality roller covers in order to eliminate the shedding of lint into the paint surface.
Purchase a paint tray with legs and a textured ramp. The legs should allow the tray to sit steadily on the shelf of a ladder. We love disposable tray liners as they simplify clean-up. Just allow the paint to dry completely and you can just throw the liner away!
When painting large areas, you can use a five-gallon paint container together with a paint screen to speed up the process. Some of the large paint containers come with built in roller trays which allows you to paint straight from the container. It goes without saying that you should not try to balance a five-gallon on a ladder!
You can also use an adjustable extension handle to paint ceilings and tall walls instead of using a ladder!