Popular Paint Rollers & Their Uses


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Picture this: You’re walking into a store to purchase some supplies for your new painting project. You stop at the paint rollers section and there’s an array of them in different sizes, materials and textures. You may be asking yourselves…

“Which works best with emulsion paints? With oil-based paints?”

“Is this type of roller suitable for rough surfaces?”

“Which roller produces the smoothest finish?”

We understand the struggle. Thus, we’ve prepared a brief yet informative infographic (Please see below) to help you differentiate various types of popular paint rollers. Nevertheless, if you have some time to spare, scroll further down and give this article a read - we hope you’ll gain some extra insight!


Tiger Stripes Rollers

Like a tiger, the roller is coated in yellow with black stripes. It is the most commonly used paint roller today as it ticks most if not all boxes for conventional painting project needs. The roller is made of woven acrylic material which shed minimal fibres and is virtually lint-free 

- producing a smooth or semi-smooth finish on surfaces. They are suitable for both indoor and outdoor use and they’re often employed for emulsion and masonry paints. 

Green Rollers

Green rollers are made of green thread fur and they are a great option for coating textured surfaces with stellar results and minimal effort. Traditional paints rollers tend to skip peaks and indentations of walls however, these confined spaces are no challenge to a green roller’s long thread fur. Furthermore, the smooth fur cloth material of the roller works best with water and oil-based applications, providing great colour and finish retention over time. 



Velour Rollers

Velour rollers are often made of mohair fabric and they are one of the most prized natural fibres today. As luxurious as it may feel, mohair is extremely durable and it does not crease, shed and stretch easily. Thus, velour rollers produce ultra-smooth surfaces of paints and clear coatings like Epoxies, enamels, varnishes, lacquers and more. Velour rollers are also an ideal choice for painting hard-to-reach areas like corners and cabinets due to their small diameter. 

Yellow Stripes

A yellow-striped roller consists of a long pile of microfibre material which causes the roller to pick up a lot of paint that consequently dries up quickly and evenly. They produce smooth finishes with a thick and even coverage helping you achieve professional-looking results in just one or two coats of paint. They are suitable for both indoor and outdoor work and are ideally used with emulsion paints. 

Blue & Yellow Stripes

Similar to tiger-striped rollers, these rollers are made of acrylic fibers. Synthetics in general can be used with water or oil-based coatings but they work best with water-based mediums. The shed-resistant material of the roller ensures smooth paint transfers which are favourable for edging and line striping. Additionally, they can produce smooth finishes on walls, textiles, machinery and more.

Well, that is all for our topic today on types of popular paint rollers and their uses! Have a browse at all our paint supplies here: https://www.kirohomediy.com/ourproducts/cid/381871/

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 Written by: Tracy Ng








23 Apr 2022