Can you use rollers on exterior surfaces?

Old 10-16-01, 04:18 PM
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Can you use a roller on exterior surfaces such as fascia or soffits? Seems like that would make the job go faster, but I haven't seen or read anything about using rollers on exterior painting jobs? If you can use a roller, any suggestions as to nap, etc.?

Old 10-16-01, 04:36 PM
Sonnie Layne
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Of course you can. If the soffit is textured, you don't even need to brush it out.

I typically use the roller even on siding to get the material on the surface, then if necessary brush the finish out for the final texture.

Nap depends on the courseness of the soffit/fascia. If it's rough-out ply for instance, you'd use 3/4". Matter of fact 3/4" is about right for many external uses. Now when it comes to fascia, use a 4 or 6" Whizz roller. Also can use these smaller ones on all the trim.

Having said that, for smoother surfaces such as trim or smooth siding you must time the application of paint with the roller so you can brush it out rapidly before it starts to "tack" or dry. You need to brush while the paint is still flowable. Yes, you will cut down dramatically by using a roller to apply, the brush to finish.

good luck

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