Spray Paint vs. Rolling Paint: Which is Best?

When it’s time to paint your home, you’re going to have a myriad of choices in front of you. What paint color should you pick? Do you need to prime your walls? Is a flat or satin paint better for your room? Among these various questions that you need to ask yourself is another: how exactly are you going to apply your paint to your walls?

For residential painting, homeowners can choose either spray paint or rolling paint, but which method is best? Here we discuss the pros and cons of each to help you make the right choice for your room:

Spray Paint vs. Rolling Paint: Which is Best?

Spray Paint

Spray paint is one of the quickest ways to apply paint to your walls. It is far less labor-intensive than other painting methods, but it does come at a cost. Literally. Paint sprayers are far more expensive than ordinary paint, namely because they use a lot more paint than rollers do. Nonetheless, spray painting can be a good method to use depending on the situation.

It is excellent for remodeling

Paint sprayers can cover a lot of area in very little time. This makes it great for remodeling projects where you’re painting a new, large space that hasn’t been painted before. Just cover up a few important areas (such as the windows or electrical boxes) and get to spraying.

As well as for exterior painting

Many people choose paint sprayers to paint their exteriors for the same reason they use it for remodeling projects—you can cover a large space in a small timeframe. Whether you’re painting the outside of your house or a new deck, a paint sprayer will be a handy tool to have with you.

It’s useful for detail work

Spray painting is great for large areas, but ironically enough, it’s also useful for small, detail works and textures. A paint sprayer can get into the nooks and crannies that are found in crown molding, baseboard, cornices, and other detailed masonry. Meanwhile, a roller or a brush might miss areas or cause paint to pool up into the corners.

Rolling Paint

Rolling paint, while slower and more labor-intensive than spray paint, does have its advantages. It’s cheaper, and most homeowners typically have a roller somewhere in their home rather than a paint sprayer. By rolling on paint, you can apply a thick layer with greater color consistency, but as with spray painting, it is better for certain situations.

There’s less prep

While you should always prep your space before you begin painting, there is less prep required with rolling paint than with spray paint. After all, there is a far less chance of you accidentally painting your couch or windows with a roller. At most you’ll need a drop cloth and some painter’s tape to protect areas from drips and to keep paint lines straight.

It’s good for interior rooms that are still being used

Spray painting is good for remodels where the room is largely empty and unused at that moment in time. Rolling paint, meanwhile, is better for rooms that are still being used. Again, this has to do with the limited amount of prep you have to do and how much better control you have over a roller compared to a paint sprayer.

It’s cheaper

If you’re painting on a budget, then rolling paint is the way to go. All you need is a roller, a tray, and, obviously, your paint and you’re good to go. You’ll also be using far less paint with a roller than you would be with a paint sprayer.

Rolling paint goes on thick and even

By rolling paint onto a surface, you have more pressure and control. This allows the paint to be applied thickly and evenly, more so than with spray paint.

No matter if you use rolling paint or spray paint, painting can be a difficult chore to do on your own. So, why not let the professionals handle it? At Richard Stewart Painting, we can paint any room in your home or office. Contact us today to learn more!

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