Spray Painting a House vs Brush Painting

A homeowner whose house needs painting needs to decide whether to use a brush or spray paint. Spray paint seems like the job may go faster, but brush painting seems to give the painter more control. Which is better when it comes to spray painting house vs brush painting? The truth is that many house painters use both techniques, for the shortcomings of one are made up for by the strengths of the other.


Hand Painting Wall Red


Brushes are used for their versatility. There’s a brush for every area that needs to be painted on the exterior of a house. A 4-inch brush paints the siding, an angled brush is used for windows, and a 2-inch brush is used for woodwork and cutting in, which means to paint areas that spray paint can’t handle. There may even a 1 1/2 inch brush for window mullions and window frames. Unless it is made of masonry, rollers shouldn’t be used on the home’s exterior, even though they may seem to save time. Too many places are inaccessible to a roller, and the textures of a brush and a roller are different. Many homeowners find the texture left by a roller unattractive for a house’s exterior.

The one requirement for a brush is that it be of high quality, with bristles that feel silky to the touch and are unsplit. High-quality brushes cost, but they last for years.

Spray Guns

Spray guns are best used in tandem with brushes. It’s not practical to paint all the siding of a house with them, and they are not precise enough to paint trim. A spray paint gun throws out a great deal of paint mist, and if used exclusively, the paint inevitably ends up in places where the painter doesn’t want it, such as the car or a tree. If a homeowner is determined to use a spray gun on the house’s siding, they’ll have to cover everything they don’t want the paint to get on. This is a job of work that is not necessary with a brush.

The best jobs for a spray gun are smaller items that can be detached from the house, such as shutters or doors. A spray painter may also be good for an area of masonry. The painter needs to take the time to learn how the sprayer works and to operate it in a way that gives the area a smooth coat. Among the mistakes that can be made by a badly handled spray nozzle are:

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Sagging paint happens when the nozzle is held too long in an area. A run happens when the sag gives way. They are fixed by the painter running the bare palm of their hand over the sag while the paint is still wet and quickly and lightly applying two coats over the spot.

This happens when a spot is missed. This should also be remedied with two quick, light coats of paint.

Orange Peeling
The paint has an unattractive orange skin texture because it was laid on too thickly or with too much air pressure. The only remedy is to wipe the paint off and redo the job.