When it comes to applying paint to a residential project, there are two primary methods: rolling and spraying. Which is better for your project? The answer is, it really depends! Let us walk you through the pros and cons of each so you can decide what’s the best paint method for your home.
When Should A Sprayer Be Used?
First, when you are evaluating how you’d like to paint your house, you need to know: not all paint sprayers are the same. When you hire a professional paint company they will be using an airless sprayer. This is a professional grade tool and is not the same equipment you see advertised at your local hardware or big box store for homeowner use.
Airless sprayers have a large motor with the power to push non-reduced paint (a.k.a. paint that is not watered down) through. Paint that is applied only with a spray will dry to the sub-straight at twice the thickness of rolling the same paint on, but beware; a sprayer does not work in all applications. It is best utilized on “smooth siding”. Standard builders siding such as all engineered woods, both textured and smooth, qualify for “smooth siding”. Contrary to traditional thinking, paint does not “soak in” to the engineered woods; it bonds to the surface.
Using an airless sprayer is also optimal for larger surfaces because it saves on time without compromising on quality.
When Should You Brush and Roll?
If an airless sprayer applies paint at twice the thickness of rolling, why would you ever do anything different? Although an airless sprayer works well with smooth and lightly textured surfaces, it works poorly when used with more textured surfaces such as stucco and cedar trim or siding. When you spray highly textured surfaces, you typically cannot get full coverage. On the other hand, when you brush or roll, you can make sure to apply the paint at every angle of the texture.
Standard brushing or rolling works well on small surfaces, while the best application for larger textured surfaces is called “back-rolling”. Professional painters utilize this technique by applying the paint to the wall by spraying and then use the roller to work the paint into the texture. Keep in mind, once you roll the surface, you are spreading the paint, and so you will most likely need two coats of paint anytime you brush or roll.
Exterior home painting is a great exterior home improvement project to boost your home’s curb appeal and aesthetic quality. Whether you decide to hire someone or DIY your painting project, it is always good to know when to roll and when to spray on paint.
Do you have a preference when it comes to painting application? Let us know in the comments!