When I went to my local Lowe’s store to purchase paint for my dining room, I also picked up a variety of painting supplies. Looking over the paint rollers, I felt a bit intimidated because there were so many to choose from. The rollers were available in different nap lengths, and ranged from $3 to $12.
I usually buy the cheap rollers, but my newly textured dining room walls had a bit more texture than my other surfaces, and I felt I needed a paint roller with a little more nap to get the job done. I splurged and bought a roller made by Wooster, called the Specialty Poly Wool Roller. It retailed for an astonishing $9, but I was hoping the purchase would pay off when it came time to paint my walls.
The Wooster Specialty Poly Wool Roller measures nine inches in length, and fits on all standard roller frames. This one has a 1/2 inch nap, and is considered part of the Wooster “Pro Classic” line. It is intended to be used for flat and satin paints, and looked very fluffy and “expensive”.
The back of the bag explains that the Wooster Specialty Poly Wool Roller is made in the USA from the highest grade fabric for professional results and finish. It also states that the roller should be used with premium paints.
When I took the roller out of the bag, I was impressed. It seemed even fuller and fluffier than it looked in the store, and I couldn’t wait to give it a try. While I used the Wooster Specialty Poly Wool Roller I realized that it left absolutely no lint on my walls, and it helped me apply the paint smoothly and evenly. The roller holds a lot of paint, and it really helped me to paint my walls faster than with other paint rollers.
Was the Wooster Specialty Poly Wool Roller, (which retailed for three times the cost of the cheap rollers), three times better than the inexpensive versions? I don’t think so. But it did allow me to paint my walls in less time, and there was very minimal splattering during the painting process, which is a good thing that means less clean up for me afterward. Well, that is until I came to the clean up. I toss the cheap rollers, but because this one was so expensive I couldn’t throw it into the garbage. Instead I decided to clean it so I could reuse it, but because it was so dense and plush, and held a lot of paint, it really took a long time to get clean. I ended up letting it sit in a sink of hot water, which seemed to help.
Overall, I would have to give this paint roller 3 out of 5 stars, but I honestly don’t think I would spend $9 for this roller in the future.