Residential Painters Tip: Spraying or Rolling?

As always, there will be a better use for each method. In choosing which will be best for you, looking into what works better for your needs is the best way to start. Time and cost may be the primary concerns if residential painters are to do it, but there are other little things too, especially if you decide to do the job yourself.

Residential PaintersPrepping and cleaning up can also take longer using this method. You will have to mask off everything that should not be painted. You also need to make sure there is proper ventilation and protection for yourself as spray painting is toxic.

Cost-wise, spray painting is best when doing exteriors or if you will be doing quite a number of structures of paint jobs. The task itself will save you around 60% of the time it will take to roller paint, not to mention much kinder to your neck and back. You don’t need to wait that long either in between coatings. The equipment to be used also costs more.

Spray painting works best when doing exteriors or if you plan to paint a large area or a number of structures. It takes only about two to three hours to work on your house or building’s exterior. Prep time, however, may take some time especially If you have a quite an area or various objects to mask off particularly when doing interiors. It may entail more cleaning time as well. You also need a level of skill to pull off an even finish. As they say, spray painting poses more challenges that it may be best to rent a professional to do the job.

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Roller painting, on the other hand, is best when doing interiors. It takes less time to prep up the area for painting but be prepared for a longer time to complete your task. This may push your cost up. It may be less daunting if you want to do the job on your own. It does have its own limitations too when it comes to rough or uneven surfaces.

Below is a list of the pros and to cons to help paint a better picture of each of these methods to help you make that critical decision.

SPRAY PAINTING
Pros Cons
  • Works best when painting exteriors, large areas or a number of structures
  • Faster by about 60% than roller painting
  • Dries faster, taking less time to paint various layers or coats
  • Coating looks more even
  • Longer prep and cleaning time needed
  • More expensive in terms of equipment and per square foot coverage
  • Does not look as thick; has a foggy look
  • Needs to be skilled in spraying to avoid runs or overspraying that can ruin furniture or other objects in the vicinity
  • Must be used in a well-ventilated area. Spray painting is extremely toxic.
ROLLER PAINTING
Pros Cons
  • Works best when painting interiors or small areas
  • Less prep and cleaning time
  • Coating looks thicker
  • Equipment needed are less expensive than spraying
  • Easier to learn to do on your own
  • Takes more time especially when painting a large area
  • Can result to uneven or overlapping coats when not done properly
  • Difficult to use on rough or irregular surfaces

When you’ve decided on the best method for you, it’s time to think about what color to paint your home or building. Allow us to be of help. Check out what SPPI has to offer you.

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