Paint Roller Pans

From small, medium, and large for any size project

The following are examples of paint roller pans that I generally use on painting projects.

(There is some debate among a few professional painters who decry the use of roller pans altogether. They say you (non professionals) should "do what the pros do", and throw away said pans in favor of using a 5 gallon bucket exclusively. I disagree with this advice, as there are many instances where using a pan - even for just a few minutes - is perfectly appropriate, just as there are reasonable instances where a bucket would be handy. Just food for thought. - The Guru)

I've included rollers (with sleeves) in the pictures for point of reference.

Small Roller Pan

This pan (shown) is basically for the small (3" - 4") roller. Ideal for the small roller when painting hard to reach places like behind toilets, behind closet doors, and woodwork.

small paint roller pan with roller

Medium Roller Pan

This pan (shown) is the most common type found on the market today for medium size use. This is the pan you'd use most for the standard 9" roller, as well as 6" - 7" rollers.

satandard paint roller pan with roller

Also shown (in the following picture) is a deep-well pan made specifically for the thicker roller covers. The deep-well allows the user to effectively handle more paint on the roller, without the mess that might come with a standard shallow pan. Great for outdoor use when utilizing a thicker roller cover (like the 1 1/4" shown) for painting masonry, split-faced concrete block, or other textured surfaces.

medium sized deep-well paint roller pan with roller

Large Roller Pan

This is the industrial-sized pan (shown here with an 18' roller) used in bigger painting projects by the professional, or serious do-it-yourselfer. It can hold up to one and a half gallons of paint, and can be quite heavy and awkward when trying to move. This pan is required when using a 12" (minimum) on up to an 18" roller - or bigger.

large paint roller pan with industrial roller

Note - when used with an extension pole , this nifty combination can save you time and trouble when not having to fight the use of a ladder the whole time.

For all intents and purposes, these are the only pans I use on my jobs, and are very reliable in design and purpose.

Plastic liners like the one shown in the following picture, are very inexpensive, and are a must when using oil-based paints and acrylics. Once used, simply remove from pan, and throw away. This will ensure your paint roller pans will remain clean and useful, for many years.

Usually fits most medium-sized pans (common for 9" rollers).

plastic liner for paint roller pan

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