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My Review of the Purdy 18-Inch Roller Frame

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Matt is a professional painter who owns and operates his own painting business, specializing in interior and exterior house painting.

The Purdy 18-inch roller frame.

The Purdy 18-inch roller frame.

Painting With an 18-inch Roller Frame

The benefit of painting with an 18-inch roller frame is the time it saves when rolling out large walls and ceilings. I used a 9-inch paint roller for many years, but I've since switched to an 18-inch roller for a lot of the interior painting I do- especially big ceilings.

The drawback to rolling drywall with a huge roller is the added weight when wet. These rollers get pretty heavy once they've become saturated with paint. You'll get a good upper arm workout rolling walls with one all day.

Cleaning the roller and the oversized paint bin does take a little longer too, but for the time these rollers save, it's worth using one over a standard 9-inch roller. I have back and neck problems, and the faster I can finish painting a huge ceiling, the better.

Two popular paint rollers in the 18-inch size are the one from Purdy and the other by Wooster. I haven't used the big roller from Wooster, but I often use a Purdy 18-inch roller. This roller frame adjusts from 12 to 18-inches.

Does the Purdy 18-inch Paint Roller Stay Inside the Frame?

I have yet to find an 18-inch paint roller frame that functions flawlessly. Years ago, I owned one from a competing brand that would often fall out of the frame while rolling, making a huge mess. This roller hasn't fallen out of the frame, but sometimes the clips that hold the roller in place come loose (mostly when painting ceilings) which is annoying, but not a frequent occurrence.

There are two plastic clips and two screws on top of the frame that allow you to adjust the size of the roller you want to use down to 12-inches. The pins that hold the roller need to be locked securely into the end caps on the sides of the roller sleeve.

Rolling Walls and Ceilings

I use the Purdy White Dove, lint-free, 18-inch roller sleeve that matches this frame. This roller comes with end caps that the pins on the frame lock into to hold the roller in place. I believe you can use this frame with other roller sleeves too, not just Purdy.

Rolling ceilings with this roller is easier than walls, but either way, it's heavier than using a 9-inch sleeve. With the White Dove roller, the coverage is good when using a 3/4-inch nap. The slim design of the frame allows you to roll closer to wall and ceiling corners.

The Roller Frame Design

The placement of the screws and clips on the frame should be on top of the frame instead of directly in front of the paint roller itself. When rolling, the screws and clips get caked with paint and need to be wiped off to function properly. I started wrapping tape around these parts to protect them from paint spatter.

The roller frame design allows you to roll up to corners closer than my previous 18-inch paint roller. The arms of the frame hold the paint roller in place with two locking pins. The design is simple, but doesn't always work correctly one hundred percent. The pins come loose sometimes and requiring re-adjusting. The frame works with any threaded extension pole for painting.

Is the Purdy 18-inch Roller Frame Worth It?

The Purdy 18-inch roller frame is definitely worth using if you're painting large ceilings because you can cover drywall faster and finish sooner. The roller frame isn't perfect, but it's superior to the one I used before from another brand that constantly fell apart while painting. I use this roller mostly for painting large ceilings. Yes, it's heavy, but I can roll out a big ceiling in way less time than it would take using a 9-inch paint roller.

I'd like to see a better locking mechanism on the frame to hold the roller more firmly in place. Having to stop and play with the clips in the middle of rolling is annoying, but as I explained earlier, I don't have this problem constantly. I've been using the Purdy 18-inch roller now for over three years and the plastic casing has held up fine. I haven't had to replace it yet.

This roller is very useful for painting high walls and big ceilings that would normally take more time to paint with a small roller. The downside of using a big paint roller like this is it's harder to maneuver between light and outlet fixtures, but what I usually do is use a 9-inch roller to paint narrow spaces and the big roller for the wide open spaces.

Price-wise, you're going to spend more money for this set up than you would for a standard paint roller set up, because you need to buy the big paint bin that goes with it, as well as the 18-inch roller sleeve. However, the cost is a small price to pay for the amount of time you're going to save on your project, though.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2018 Matt G.