Spray painting vs Brush painting


Old 02-16-00, 01:45 PM
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I want to paint the ceiling and walls of my dining and living rooms, and I am wondering what the difference between using a brush vs using a sprayer? We are using latex paint, and I would like the finish to be very smooth, and easier to apply, especially to the ceiling.Thanks!

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Unless you are using a very good sprayer, use a quality roller and sleeve. Do not expect a good job using a wagner sprayer. Most homes are done using a roller and short napped sleeve.
Old 02-26-00, 01:13 PM
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Definitely avoid the sprayer unless you're practiced in its use.

I disagree with Bob a little bit in that when we paint ceilings, we find we get the very best results from a lambswool rollers sleeve, either 3/8" or 1/2" nap. You're able to put more paint on the surface and get a more even spread of the film. I have found that the biggest mistake homeowners make when they're painting themselves is that they tend to use too little paint. By using a lambswool sleeve rather than a synthetic sleeve you get better application and spreading propoerties. The only trick you have to remember is that you must wash the sleeve before you use it the first time, then shake out as much water as you possibly can. You want to make the first dip into the paint with a damp, not wet, sleeve.

Feel free to email me if you have any other questions. I can be reached at [email protected]

Good Luck!

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