If painting or repainting the walls is one of the jobs that individuals reserve the most, it is important to be well equipped to work in good conditions and obtain an optimal result. The paint roller with tank can be an interesting solution to work faster and effortlessly. But is this trick really effective in all projects? Let’s do a check in.
What is the principle of the paint roller with reservoir?
The paint roller with reservoir is a roller model equipped, as its name suggests, with an integrated reservoir to replace the use of the paint tray. The principle of operation is simple: just pour the paint directly inside the roller, where the tank is located. The roller can be used alone, by hand, or after adding a telescopic handle to paint ceilings and walls effortlessly.
Then simply paint the surfaces without having to dip the roller in the paint tray and wring it out. The color comes out on its own and spreads onto the roller for faster application.
In addition to the time saving provided by the fact that it is possible to dispense entirely with a paint tray, the paint roller with tank is sold as a practical tool which makes it possible to reduce the risk of staining. Since it is no longer necessary to dip the roller in the paint tray, the risk of drops on the floor is avoided, as well as, a priori, the risk of drips on the walls. The quantity of paint is normally well dosed to meet the needs of the surface to be painted, without overloading it; the result is much more harmonious and uniform. Consequently, it is not useful to protect the nearby surfaces, in particular the ground.
Thus, if the paint roller with reservoir costs a little more to purchase than traditional models, it saves money on equipment (paint tray, wringing grid, protective tarpaulins, etc.).
Using this roller is simple. You can pour the paint into the tank after removing the cap. It is best to use the spout provided to ensure the correct amount of paint is poured into the tank. The roller is then used like a conventional roller, with the difference that it is useless to dip it in the paint tray to reload it. As soon as the tank is empty, simply refill it with paint.
Is the paint roller with tank really effective?
If the paint roller with tank is presented as a practical and revolutionary tool, its reception is more mixed by its users. This product has certain advantages, but also disadvantages.
The advantages of the paint roller with reservoir
- A definite time saver: it is not necessary to constantly immerse the roller in the paint tray and wring it out.
- A harmonious result: the coat of paint applied is well balanced and more harmonious.
- A practical product: it is easy to use and allows you to paint even large surfaces effortlessly.
- No Drips: Quality rollers spread paint well and avoid overloading, resulting in no drips.
- Less splashing: since the paint is integrated into the roller, painting causes less splashing.
The disadvantages of the paint roller with tank
- The roller is heavier than a traditional model because of the tank.
- The less expensive models encounter leaks very quickly.
- Its price is significantly higher than those of other models. However, you have to pay the price to have a quality product.
- Smaller tanks need to be refilled more often, which can make painting large areas a bit of a pain.
- The less expensive models are often less manageable and heavy, so it is better to protect its surfaces all the same to avoid stains.
- It is sometimes necessary to press hard on the roller to help the paint come out, which can quickly be tiring and painful for the painter’s arms, shoulders and back.
Do we buy it or not?
The paint roller with tank is a tool that can be useful, but has certain disadvantages. For its price, the time and quality savings are certain, but you have to aim for a high range of these tools to be sure of working in good conditions. Buying an entry-level reservoir roller, which will cost more than traditional rollers, is a high risk of trouble and poor results.
Consequently, we recommend that you invest in this type of tool if you have the financial means and to paint surfaces of reasonable size. You will thus avoid having to equip yourself with a whole bunch of utensils if you are painting only small sections of the walls. On the other hand, its use can be painful on large surfaces, insofar as it is necessary to recharge it frequently.
If the roller with tank is practical and useful, it is not for all construction sites. The choice is now yours!