What Tools Are Best for Your Project
Using a paint sprayer used to be something only the pros had access to. Today, however, there are a number of affordable choices for the do-it-yourself painter.
It sounds appealing to just spray the paint on the wall and be done with it, right? Well, there is a little more to it than that.
The traditional paint roller and paint brush still work just fine and they don’t cost as much to purchase. So, when deciding whether to go with a paint sprayer vs roller and brush, there are a number of factors to take into consideration.
For example, if you don’t like taping off for painting with a roller, you’re going to really dislike doing it with a paint gun. Because of the way a paint sprayer works, with high-pressure air pushing the paint through a hose and out a tip, it isn’t easy to control where it goes.
You basically have to mask off everything possible to keep it from getting a layer of overspray on it, where with rolling and brushing on paint, you only have to tape off trim or areas that are directly next to where you are painting.
Here are a couple more reasons to use a roller when painting:
You Like to Keep Things Simple
Roller, roller cover, paint tray, and tray liner: these are your four main painting supplies when rolling. Also, with the roller method, it is easy to jump into your painting project for awhile, then put it on pause so you can attend to the rest of your life. With paint spraying, it is an all-or-nothing project that consumes your entire day.
You Are Trying to Save Money
Paint spraying wastes an incredible amount of paint when the atomized paint drifts away. When rolling, practically every drop ends up on the surface. It is estimated that as much as one-third of sprayed paint ends up elsewhere than the intended surface. Also factor in the cost of tools. All roller items are inexpensive compared to the purchase and maintenance of a paint sprayer.
Read more here: Spray Paint Walls or Roll Them: Which is Faster, Easier?
Another consideration with using a paint gun is the surface you are planning to paint. Sprayers work really well on rough surfaces with heavy texture or on OSB board.
Factoring in the prep time to tape off, a sprayer can still be faster than using a brush on trim work, but you also have to think about clean up time as part of the overall picture, which is a pretty big pain.
In the following video, a paint contractor gives his opinion on what is the best choice:
Keeping in mind that there are times when a sprayer is the best choice, in general, most contractors would agree that the average person would be better off purchasing a longer roller and the other necessary equipment such as a roller tray and extension for most indoor projects.
The amount of paint that is wasted due to overspray along with the prep and clean up are big strikes against using a paint gun. Our team of Denver painters tends to only use a paint sprayer when it is brand new construction and there is a way to ventilate the area.
Safety Precautions With a Paint Sprayer
Personal protective equipment (PPE) must be used when handling spray paint materials, particularly PPE that offers protection to the skin, when the products to be used contain highly reactive ingredients. Some of the essential personal protective equipment are overalls with a hood, protective goggles for the eyes, half-mask respirators, and single use nitrile gloves,
Full post here: Spray Paint Safety
If you’re not sure whether using a paint roller is the best option, call a paint contractor or go to your local paint center to get their opinion.