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5 Roller Covers to Try Now for the Best Appearance, Application and Coverage

The type of roller cover you use can make a big difference on the application process and final appearance of your painting project. With so many options to choose from, how do you determine the best roller cover for your job?

“When providing roller cover recommendations, we look at providing the best roller cover for overall hide as well as general appearance and productivity,” says Chris Haber, Field Product Manager, Sherwin-Williams.

Here are five roller covers he recommends, along with where to use them and the key benefits they provide:

Purdy® Marathon™

  • Great overall hide
  • Consistent uniform finish
  • Great pick-up and release for increased productivity
  • Great for big projects as it is very durable and long-lasting
  • Controls spatter to a minimum
  • Use on smooth or texture walls

Purdy® Colossus™

  • Great results over texture substrates
  • Good overall hide
  • Uniform finish
  • Best pick-up and release for productivity
  • Great for big projects as its very durable and long lasting
  • Controls spatter to a minimum
  • Can also be used on smooth walls

Contractor Series® Polyester

  • Best overall hide
  • Consistent uniform finish
  • Good pick-up and release for productivity
  • Better for smaller projects as it doesn’t last as long as a blend of nylon and polyester fabric
  • Limited spatter control
  • Use on smooth or texture walls

Purdy® White Dove™ & Contractor Series® Soft Woven

  • Good overall hide
  • Smooth and uniform finish
  • Good pick-up and release for productivity
  • Controls spatter to a minimum
  • Use on smooth walls

Where to find the best roller equipment

These roller covers are available at your neighborhood Sherwin-Williams store. For a complete list of roller covers, frames and accessories, visit the Sherwin-Williams professional contractor website.


This article was originally published in the Winter 2016 issue of PPC magazine. Read more stories about products that can help increase your crew’s productivity.