Paint Sprayers vs. Traditional Brush and Roller Painting
Last summer I did a lot of painting around my house. With the help of friends and family I painted the exterior of my house, my front and back porches, my kitchen cabinets and my daughter’s outdoor play set.
It’s no secret that adding a fresh coat of paint to your home is one of the easiest and least expensive ways to update your space.
With all the painting I’ve been doing and all the upcoming projects I have planned I have been thinking about investing in a paint sprayer.
There really is no faster way to paint a surface than with a paint sprayer. You can apply paint to an entire room in minutes instead of hours. But there are pros and cons to using even one of the best paint sprayers on the market instead of a paint roller or brush.
Depending on the paint sprayer your purchase you may have to thin the paint before pouring it into the sprayer. Typically there is more prep work required when using a paint sprayer. You will need to protect the area you are working with from overspray with plastic sheets. After you are done painting you have to clean the machine to keep it in good working order and prevent clogs.
The main benefit of using a paint sprayer is that the working time is cut down significantly. You can cover a huge area in no time at all. The finish with a paint sprayer is generally smooth and of course you don’t have to worry about brush marks.
Rollers and Paint Brushes
Painting with a roller or brush on the other hand can be slow and laborious. If you have a large area to paint you might as well cancel all your other plans for the weekend because you won’t have time for anything else. You will likely have to apply two of more coats and the brush can leave marks behind.
On the other hand, with a brush or roller you have excellent control of the application and the coverage is very even and uniform. You will get very good adhesion and you can get into nooks and crannies better than with a sprayer.
As I think about my upcoming projects for the next year it seems that a paint sprayer will be a worthwhile investment and a great addition to my DIY tool arsenal. It will allow me to paint large areas in no time at all and then I can use a brush to go back and do the detail work.
If you are thinking about getting a paint sprayer, take your time and do your research to make sure you are getting the right sprayer for the job. There is no one size fits all solution when it comes to paint sprayers so make sure you read online reviews to make sure you don’t waste your money.
Which do you prefer? Are you team paint sprayer or team brush and roller?