Toolipedia: Paint Roller Frame

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What is a paint roller frame?

A paint roller frame is a reusable paint application tool that resembles a “?.” They are most often used to quickly and evenly cover large areas with paint, stain or other finishes. Paint roller frames are designed to be used with a roller covers which fit over a cage that spins independently of the frame and handle. These are the parts of a paint roller frame:

  1. End Caps
  2. Roller Cage
  3. Frame
  4. Handle
  5. Recess for pole extension

How is a paint roller frame used?

The paint roller frame is fitted with a roller cover that is appropriate for the material being applied. The cover is then loaded with paint (or other product) by rolling it back and forth in a sloped paint roller tray. The paint is then spread by rolling the cover along the surface of the wall, ceiling, or project. When most of the paint has been transferred from the roller cover to the surface, the cover is re-loaded with paint in the tray and the process repeated. Most paint roller frames have a recess at the bottom of the handle in which an extension pole can be attached.

What are the different types of paint roller frames?

The most common roller frames accept a 9-in. cover, but there are frames that can accept covers from 2 inches. up to 18 inches. Most roller cages are made of metal, but some are made of plastic. Yoke roller frames are shaped more like the letter “Y.” Yoke frames do not have a cage; instead, the covers are held in place by two end caps each attached to the frame itself.

What makes a good paint roller frame?

  • Sturdy Construction
  • Comfortable Grip
  • Internal bearings

Wooster makes a high-quality paint roller frame.

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Paint Roller Frame Tip: Keep it lubed up.

An occasional shot of lubricate will keep a roller spinning freely and eliminate irritating squeaks. Use a silicone lubricant on plastic bearings.

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