hello Microfibre

Written by Archer. Posted in Professional Tips, Tools

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micro fibre mini roller

Published on January 13, 2012 with No Comments

The earliest rollers used on doors were mostly one-off. Until now many painters are stilling using this kind of roller. When they apply oil-based paints and need to make choices between throwing away and washing up with turps, they normally take the former due to the cost of turps.

Speaking of the most popular gloss paint, the first that comes into my mind should be oil-based enamel as quite a few fancy houses are beginning to apply oil-based top coat on trims. Then, cotton roller becomes not that appropriate as it carries comparatively less paint which dries faster than oil based paint. Therefore, we are urged to find a new type of roller with short hair and fine processing.

We have actually started the search and try even before enamel was popularized. It is expected that a right roller have 4mm in its length of nap, strong capacity to carry the paint and fine coating. However, it is more than difficult to find out a perfect answer in the market. In the last 5 years when the roller we were looking for did not yet come to Australian market, we were using rollers of Wooster Micro Plash imported from USA. Luckily, it has been almost fully replaced by Micro Fiber of UniPro, a local company at the moment.

My first Micro Fiber was a mini roller. I did not need to use a 9 or 11 inch for coating doors in a standard unit. The mini roller impressed me a lot that time, smooth and fine finish. It could not be matched by anything else, including the Polyamide roller. This really justifies its promise, no nap slip or spatter, smooth and fine plus strong capacity to carry the paint, as can be seen in the pictures where fluid in the brush would flow down the paper when you try to squeeze it. Absolutely, zero spatter. This surprisingly saves us time to apply masking tape around the door handle. Sure enough, it becomes a super weapon when operating with enamel which is light and easy to spurt. I suggest people should wash an unused micro fiber with water before putting it in use if you want to make the most of it.

Micro Fiber in the market currently covers all lengths that could possibly be used, including 4’, 6’, 9’ and 11’. It is estimated that it will probably be more popular in the near future. Most of 4’ mini rollers in my tool system have to be replaced by Micro Fiber and it becomes my first choice when applying 9’ roller in coating the door. Also, 11’ roller has its place where fine finish is required, say on the feature wall.

Therefore, I believe in the section of fine finish, Micro Fiber will undoubtedly be the mainstream.

About Archer

Archer is a full time painting contractor, specialize in research paint product, review milestones of painting industry, deliver the most effective way of project and fine finish. " I do painting, deal with the issues and fix the problems with the best solution and resources, sometimes write them down as an education material"

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