Spray Painting v. Brushing: Pros and Cons

Doing a painting project is a great way to alter the look of your home without spending a great deal of money or dedicating a lot of time to the task. Most painting jobs, whether you are painting walls, furnishings, or home accessories, can be done in no more than a weekend and leave you with a fulfilling sense of accomplishment. Prepping to paint, though, can be tougher than homeowners expect it to be.

If you’re thinking about painting something in the near future, you might be wondering if spray painting or using a brush is the best option for you. As with most things in life, there are pros and cons to both of these methods. As you read this guide, you will discover the perks and drawbacks of the two techniques and, hopefully, be able to figure out which one is right for the job you want to do.

  • Spray painting – The pros of spray painting, whether you purchase a paint sprayer or use an aerosol can, are that the application time is incredibly fast, you typically only need a single coat of paint to cover an area, you don’t have to worry about brush marks showing when the paint dries, and you can easily spray difficult areas, such as the tops of walls. All of these things make spray painting especially appealing for projects that you don’t want to devote days to completing!

The cons of spray painting, however, are that the coverage is sometimes quite uneven, with certain areas looking spotty and thin, the task ultimately requires at least two times as much paint as brushing, which is not great for the environment or your pocketbook, and, if you’re doing an outdoor project, you won’t be able to spray on windy days. Bear these issues in mind as you make your final decision.

  • Brush painting – Brush painting is a tried-and-true painting method that has been used for thousands of years, from the time of cave painting. There are several key pros to this technique, including the fact that you’ll have complete control over where the paint goes, you will more easily be able to reach into corners and behind fixed furnishings, you can trust that the coverage will be even, and you won’t have to worry about the paint adhering well to the surface you’re working on. These facts make brush painting an appealing choice for projects you want to last a long time!

The cons of brush painting, however, are that the process is significantly more tedious and time-consuming than spraying, you are likely to have to apply at least two coats of paint for full coverage, and you may end up with brush marks you have to cover if you are a novice painter. Although these are valid issues, brush painting is certainly not going anywhere.

While painting jobs are certainly simple enough for homeowners to complete on their own in most cases, sometimes it’s easiest to have professionals do the job. If you are interested in turning to Hatch Homes for your next painting task, simply contact our office to schedule a preliminary consultation. We have long been serving North Carolina and South Carolina homeowners and look forward to meeting you too!

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