Published on December 10th, 2012 | by Grant Barnard5
When To Use a Sprayer and When To “Brush and Roll”
Is It Best To Spray Or Brush And Roll?
This is one of those questions that can vary depending on how you want to do the job and how much you are willing to spend on the job for prep materials. Using a sprayer can be the most helpful thing or may flush money down the drain very quickly. Most professional painters will use a brush and roller more than you might think. Unless you absolutely need a sprayed finish like when painting cabinets or furniture.
When To Use a Sprayer
Interior Paint Spraying
- For ceilings and trim where the carpet is being replaced
- Large interiors where there is very little furniture to mask. Trim and ceiling can be sprayed then the walls can be rolled out if there are more than a few colors
- When only one color is used.
Exterior Paint Spraying
- If you are painting gutters with the trim always use a sprayer
- Areas with all siding and no brick
- Staining fences and decks
When NOT To Use An Airless Sprayer
Interior Brush and Roll
- When there is natural stained trim
- When there is a lot of furniture to mask
- When the area cannot be properly ventilated
Exterior Brush and Roll
- When the wind is above 10 mph. However the wind one side of the house will always be blocked by the house
- When you are above a roof. Overspray on a roof is horribly noticeable.
- When there is simply too much to mask. Many time you can simply brush and roll int the time that you can mask
- When there is only one coat. Many times it is only efficient to mask and spray if you are doing two coats because the masking works for both coats and still only is done once.