Can You Paint Satinwood With a Roller?

By Sam Wood •  Updated: 11/22/21 

Satinwood is a really popular painty finish. But it is important to get it really smooth because satinwood is a mid-sheen paint, any imperfections such as brush strokes will show through in the final result.

So this inevitably will lead to you wondering if you can paint satinwood with a roller. Well, there is one way to find out, do some painting. So I grabbed a few different rollers and did some satinwood painting to see if it worked or not.

Satinwood Paint
Satinwood Paint

This is the satinwood paint I will be using. Dulux once satinwood, I have used this for a few different projects around the house now and it is really good paint.

Painting A Door With a Roller & Satinwood

So to start my Satinwood and roller test I will be painting a door. This door needs painting anyway so it might as well be my first test subject. And if it doesn’t work I can just sand the door down and start again with a brush.

The Door Before Painting
The Door Before Painting

This is the door that will be painted. it is a panel door but there are no extreme dips or anything on it so I think the roller should cope just fine.

I will also be testing a few different styles of roller out to see what gives the best finish in the Satinwood.

Painting The Panelling
Painting The Panelling

Here I am using a gloss Knapp roller. This worked really well with the satinwood paint and is definitely the roller sleeve that I would recommend for this job. The paint went on really easy with this sleeve and it also dried to a very smooth finish.

Left A Really Smooth Finish
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    After Painting The Door
    After Painting The Door

    So here is a zoomed out version of the finished door. You can see that it looks good but from this far out it is hard to tell how nice the actual finish is. So because of this, I have a much more close up image below.

    Close up of the door
    Close up of the door

    You can see that the roller has left a really nice, flat and smooth finish. There are a couple of bits of dust/hair in the paint but that is inevitable really.

    I am really happy with the finish that these gloss sleeve rollers left. There are no bubbles in the paint which is definitely a problem I have had before with foam rollers.

    Painting A radiator With a Roller & Satinwood

    So we know that a door can be painted using a roller and satinwood, but what about a radiator. Time to do another painting job around the house and get a radiator painted. The wife will be happy!

    Radiator Before Painting
    Radiator Before Painting

    So here we have it, the radiator that is in need of a little loving. You can see it has yellowed and also has a few patches where the paint has come off exposing the metal below. Let’s get to it and find out if the paint roller and satinwood combo works well on a radiator.

    Start With The Sides
    Start With The Sides

    I started on the sides of the radiator as this seemed a nice easy flat spot to start with. The paint went on really well and was quick and easy. So far so good with the roller.

    I used the same gloss sleeve roller for this radiator as it worked so well on the door earlier.

    Run the roller up and down the front
    Run the roller up and down the front

    Here you can see me painting the radiator with a roller. It worked really well here on the radiator just as it did on the door.

    After Painting

    Now behold the radiator in all its freshly painted glory. It looks great!

    Conclusion

    I think it is fair to say you definitely can paint satinwood using a roller. As long as you get the right roller. I have found that foam rollers tend to leave a lot of bubbles in the finish and look crap.

    However, with a proper gloss sleeve on your roller, there is no looking back. This mohair roller left a great finish and was so easy to use. A nice smooth finish with no paint strokes in it, nice and easy.

    Sam Wood

    Wood by name, wood by nature. I am a fully qualified, time-served, award-winning joiner with an NVQ Level 3 in Carpentry and Joinery as well as an HNC in Construction. Beyond my joinery qualifications, I have also earned a degree in building surveying. I believe these qualifications make me perfectly positioned to provide expert advice on many different areas of DIY as well as share all of the tips I have picked up in over a decade working on building sites!