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FAQ

What’s the best way to look after paint rollers?

Wash them well after each use, and keep them moist. If you let the fabric dry, you run the risk of fibres drying hard.

Why do your rollers shed?

In general, we recommend using our microfibre rollers with water-based paints only for best results. However, you can use some oil-based paints as well; we recommend testing before use.

Can microfibre be used with water-based and oil-based paints?

Our rollers don’t shed unless a manufacturing fault has occurred. If this happens, you’ll see chunks of fabric coming off rather than single strings of fabric. We recommend the ‘rinse and spin before you begin’ tactic to get rid of all loose fibers on your roller.

Can I use your product with shellac paint?

We do not recommend using our current range of rollers with shellac paint. Shellac will gradually dissolve glue, causing damage to the roller and resulting in shedding during paint application.

Is your Dacron similar to the fabric of Wooster Pro/Doo-Z rollers?

Dacron sleeves are different to Wooster Pro/Doo-Z fabric. Dacron is to be used for only water-based paints, whereas Wooster Pro/Doo-Z can be used with all paints.

Is microfibre better-suited for primers or top coats?

In general, microfibre rollers are finishing rollers. They’re recommended for use with water-based paints; however, you can use them with some primers.

What’s the difference between Microfibre and Dacron?

Because of the structure of the fabric, our 10mm Dacron rollers perform best with acrylic paints and are not suitable for oil-based paints. If you’re priming your brand-new plasterboard walls or repainting either darker or lighter, our Dacron is the best pick to achieve optimal coverage and a professional-looking finish. Learn more about Dacron vs. microfibre here. Our Dacron paint roller sleeve will give you superb coverage while our Microfibre paint roller sleeve will leave a smooth finish.

What’s the difference between naps?

It’s all about the substrate and the condition of the surface. Generally, the higher the nap, the more ‘orange-peel effect’ is visible if you paint over a flat surface. The most common naps are 5mm (smooth surfaces), 10mm (the most common nap; best for semi-smooth surfaces), and 15mm+ (textured or rough surfaces).

When should I use a 5mm nap?

Our 5mm-nap microfibre rollers are best for smooth surfaces where a seamless finish is desired — such as flat walls, doors, and large cupboards.

When should I use a 10mm nap?

10mm naps are best for top coats or large paint projects where more coverage and smooth finishes are required. Our roller-sleeve fabric is designed to leave a smooth, uniform finish on painted surfaces. We recommend our Dacron roller for acrylic primers to enhance the finish of the microfibre.

When should I use a 15mm nap?

Use a 15mm nap when you don’t require a smooth finish and when time is of the essence. Our 15mm-nap microfibre roller is ideal for these scenarios; it holds more paint than the 10mm (allowing you to complete your project more quickly) and still leaves a smooth finish.

Can I use epoxy with any TFB rollers?

No. We don’t currently have an epoxy roller in our range.

Do you have or will you have a roller for epoxy?

We’re working on it! We’ll soon be releasing rollers suitable for epoxy.

Can I use varnish with any TFB rollers?

Our rollers can be used with water-based varnishes, but we recommend testing yours with any oil-based varnish before use.

Can microfibre be used with water-based and oil-based paints?

In general, we recommend using our microfibre rollers with water-based paints only for best results. However, you can use some oil-based paints as well; we recommend testing before use.

Can Dacron be used with water-based and oil-based paints?

Dacron can only be used with water-based paints. This type of fabric is not designed to work with any solvent-based paints.

Which roller should I use for an undercoat versus a top coat?

If you use a water-based system, we recommend Dacron rollers for priming. Use our 5mm or 10mm microfibre on the top coat for best results.

Can I use microfibre with chalk paints?

We personally have never used our microfibre rollers with chalk paints, but we’re aware of customers successfully doing so. Thousands of our followers are upcyclers who use our rollers with chalk paint on a daily basis. We also supply retail and online stores that specialise in chalk paint.

Can I use Dacron with chalk paints?

We haven’t personally tried it, nor do we know of customers doing so. Chalk paint is generally applied with a mini roller, and we don’t currently have a mini version of the Dacron. At this point, we wouldn’t recommend using our Dacron rollers with chalk paints.