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Is roller painting a car with cellulose possible


Q. My name is Lionel Hamsworth (mature (vintage?)) jazz musician - one man band keyboard guitar and vocals and I live in Bournemouth UK.

I have a VW LT28 motor camper and want to repaint the bottom half.
The rust has been sorted but I need to know if it is possible to paint on cellulose paint with a roller.
Many thanks,

Lionel Harmsworth
- Bournemouth, Dorset, UK


A. Of course it's possible, but it will look really terrible. The only satisfactory method is to spray it.

jeffrey holmes
Jeffrey Holmes, CEF
Spartanburg, South Carolina


A. Hi Lionel
It's possible to paint a car with a roller, a friend of mine, did some years ago. Another question is will you like the result? Depends on what you expect.

Bo Kønig
Food industry - Odense, Denmark

April 7, 2017

A. It is possible but you have to thin the paint and wet sand and use a polishing compound to finish it and make it shine. It dries quick so you have to be fast with the roller. Any mistakes have to be sanded down. Rustoleum paint is best for rolling.

stephen dews
- rugby england

July 30, 2019

Q. What roller do you use with cellulose paint?

Pat Birch
- Canterbury, Kent, England

July 2019

A. Hi Pat. People here have strongly implied that you probably won't be happy regardless of what roller you use. A quick google search gave me more of the same: it's supposed to be sprayed not rolled.

But please tell us who you are, what the item is that you want to roll onto instead of spray (motor home? old car?), and a bit about the paint you intend to use and why. As far as I know, which isn't very far when it comes to paint rollers, roller selection is usually just based on most practical roller width for the particular job at hand, and depth of nap which again depends on what you are painting (very even surfaces need very little nap, rough surfaces need a lot). Thanks!


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July 30, 2019

Q. Hi. We need to paint a ford transit, 2000 year, got paint made up by Ford garage.

Pat Birch [returning]
- Canterbury, Kent, England

July 2019

A. Hi. I'd imagine you'd want a medium width roller of minimum possible nap.


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