My Review of the Purdy 18-Inch Roller Frame

Updated on April 3, 2019
Matt G. profile image

Matt is a professional painter and freelance writer, sharing his knowledge, house-painting tips, and product reviews.

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 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 save, it's worth using one. 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 is 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. The roller frame adjusts from 12 to 18-inches. I'm not sure if the one from Wooster is adjustable.

Does the Purdy 18-inch 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 fall out of the frame a lot 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 only 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, 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. I started wrapping tape around these parts to protect them from paint spatter.

The design itself 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 one hundred percent. The pins come loose sometimes, requiring adjustment. The frame works with any threaded extension pole for painting.

Is the Purdy 18-inch Roller Frame Worth It?

This product isn't perfect, but the main advantage here is the time you're saving. I use this roller whenever I'm faced with painting a large ceiling. It's heavy, but I can roll out a big ceiling in far less time than it would take me using a 9-inch paint roller.

I'd like to see a better locking mechanism to hold the roller more firmly in place. Having to stop and play with the clips in the middle of rolling is annoying, but this hasn't been a constant problem. I've been using the Purdy 18-inch roller now for about two years and the plastic casing on this tool has held up.

This roller is very useful for larger painting projects with big ceilings and long walls. Price wise, you're going to spend more money, because you need to buy the big paint bin, as well as the roller sleeve, but you have to weigh the cost with the convenience of finishing a project faster.

Questions & Answers

    © 2018 Matt G.


      0 of 8192 characters used
      Post Comment

      No comments yet.


      This website uses cookies

      As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

      For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

      Show Details
      HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
      LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
      Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
      AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
      HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
      HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
      Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
      CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
      Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
      Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
      Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
      Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
      Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
      Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
      Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
      Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
      ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
      Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
      ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)