These yellow foam roller covers are intended for use with gloss or semi-gloss coatings. Foam roller covers will not leave lint or stipple behind. Sold in packs of two.
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Can you use these for epoxy
These rollers tend to break down with epoxies, and would be fine for a very small project. We would recommend the Epoxy Plus roller covers generally.
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how thick of nap is this foam roller. i am hunting for 7" x1/8" nap foam rollers?
They are 1/8" thick. We were using them for coating a boat with epoxy but also found they worked very well for varnishing. They are good rollers. I have a new project for next year and will probably buy a case of them. Good luck
The nap is about 1/8 inches. I bought these and some shorter rollers for rolling epoxy primer. They give quite a good finish once you figure out the optimum amount of thinners to add, but still need sanding afterwards. The primer dissolves the adhesive and after ten or fifteen minutes the foam starts unrolling and you need to change the roller. So if using aggressive thinners buy more than you think you need.
I do not know. I never used the rollers. I had someone else do the rolling. Sorry. Merry Christmas
1/8 inch nap foam roller?
1/8 inch nap foam roller great for high gloss finish on FLAT surfaceIf painting a curved boat hull I use the "roll and tip" technique.Roll high gloss paint on with 3 inch 1/16 nap Mohair pink Redtree roller that Jamestown has and have someone follow me to tip the paint with long strokes of a paint brush to catch drips and sags.A 9 inch roller is too wide to use on curved surface will cause drips.
Used them with varnish on a boat. Worked great. As with a brush, requires tipping off.
What is the core material of this roller?
Well not a chemist, but one who has bought and used dozens of these rollers with both AWLGRIP epoxy primer, AWLGRIP 2 part polyurethane enamels, and Interlux Perfection (2 part Polyurethane), the core is most likely a phenolic resin, as it does not fall apart after hours of use. I would assume that your question has more to do with how well the core holds up to the solvents used in some paints. I have not tested these rollers with Lacquers. Hope this helps.
Did you experience stipple from the rollers when using AWLGRIP topcoat, and if so did you tip afterwards? If you didn't tip, how well did the paint flow out?I've applied AWLGRIP topcoat with the Jen foam brushes to small parts and was pleased with the results. The brushes held up rather well.
I believe they were cardboard core. These rollers work very well with both paint and varnish.
The rollers have a composition core. They hold up well to epoxy.
how many come in a pack?
They come in packs of 2, just like it says in the description on the web-site. Love the rollers for spreading varnish before tipping.
AS I recall there were two rollers in the pack. They did a fine job applying varnish.
Chinese Roller Covers
I agree with the previous posters, these are Chinese Roller covers, and altho I have not used them yet, I will be buying some from Gougeon's as these already look like they are coming apart at the seams.
fast and effective way to apply coatings
I used these foam rollers to apply penetrating epoxy, epoxy barrier coats, bottom paints and Total Boat Gleam 2.o varnish. Coating went on in no time and in every case they resulted in uniform coverage. Also highly recommend cutting the roller to 'tip' the wet coating.One thing... I noticed my latest batch of rollers (Sept/Oct 2017) had some uneven seams and did not last as long as the roller covers purchased earlier in the year. Hope this is just a one-off and not indicative of of a lower quality product.
not too solvent resistant!
these are probably fine with many materials, I tried to use one to roll Awl Grip 545 epoxy primer, the epoxy soon dissolved glue holding the foam to the roller . made a mess. the package claims 'solvent resistant' , depends on the solvent, but West brand rollers DO work with 545 primer!
good but fail too quickly
Useful in applying a smooth finish,especially after rolling and then tipping. However, solvents in single part Brightside may cause foam to come unglued after 10 to 15 Sq ft. of painting. This is poor compatability.But I have found no better product
Used 26 of These on two stand up paddleboards
I am building two stand up paddleboards for Christmas presents. I wasn't happy with the reviews for the epoxy short nap rollers expressly sold for epoxy work. I used chip brushes and plastic spreaders rather than buy any rollers which would deteriorate during use. I have found that there are wasted periods of time waiting for epoxy to set before sanding and again for painting. This caused me to begin working on the second board while waiting through these wait times on the first board. I even decided to lay out the fiberglass for the deck of the 14' board while waiting. Inadvertently, I picked up one of these rollers and began rolling on the epoxy. I was able to finish the entire 14' deck without any degradation of the roller other than all rollers tendency to swell a bit with epoxy. It was only after completing the fiberglass job I realized I had used a roller intended only for high gloss paints. I highly recommend these rollers.
Jim the Watercraft Builder
Texas Gulf Coast
"I would buy this product again and agai
I have used better covers 10 years ago, but these were good for about 30 minutes using epoxy, I had to force myself to say stop & change the roller at the first signs of foam separtion.
Almost Perfect Roller Cover
This is a Great roller cover. I use it for 2-part urethanes. With the paint properly thinned, you can apply a "Very Thin" final coat without "tipping-out" with a brush. The finish is like a fine "spray" with no stipple, no runs; mirror perfect(it takes a lot of practice). The paint must be applied extremely quickly and as "thin" a coating as possible. I wish that these great rollers were offered in a "higher density" foam or thinner nap. They would then be perfect! Recently painted a Porsche!
exactly what I needed
I used this to apply epoxy to my wooden kayak, worked great.
Excellent smooth finish roller
Great to apply thin coats of Urethane or alkyloid paint. Also for Epoxy Resin Gel Coating in multiple thin layers. Leaves no lint. Only Con is that the core is made of cardboard so these covers cannot be cleaned and reused as the cores fall apart.
Saint Helena Island , SC
Excellent rollers for smooth application
Use these rollers to apply Gelcoat , Epoxy Gelcoat, Urethane Or Alkyloid Paints . 1) Apply to just as much area as the roller will "cover" with just a little bit of pressure. 2) Immediately go back over the same area in a prepindicular pattern to the first direction. 3) Immediately "Tip" the rolled area with a wide foam tipping brush. Use a three step pattern with diagonal first, then horizontal , then vertical. Use the tip of the foam brush and very little pressure with your strokes. Brush towards the previously covered area to eliminate "Lap Marks". As the tipping brush gets wet to where it drips when tipping, throw it aside and use a fresh one. Work in the correct Temperature / Surface Temperature / Humidity and at least 6 degrees higher than the dew point, and work FAST, Methodical and Neat and you will get professional results,,, at least as professional as your surface preparation was accomplished.