Paint rollers, sprayers, and paintbrushes each have advantages and disadvantages and work best when painting particular areas of your home. Here are the pros and cons of each.
Paint Rollers: Great for painting large, flat areas like walls and ceilings. Since a roller leaves a textured surface, it’s not a good choice where a smooth finish is desired—such as on woodwork, trim, and cabinets. If a roller is used on a smooth surface, the paint should immediately be back-brushed with a paintbrush to give a smoother texture. Shorter nap rollers leave a smoother surface than longer nap rollers.
Paint Sprayers: Leaves the smoothest surface, making a sprayer a good choice for finishing cabinets and furniture. While sprayers can be used to paint walls, ceilings, and trim; adjacent areas that won’t be painted must be covered to prevent overspray from the sprayer getting on them. Since paint is usually thinned for spraying, drips and runs can occur if heavy coats are applied.
Paintbrushes: Brushes provide a smoother finished surface than rollers, though not as smooth as sprayers, making them a good choice for painting woodwork and trim. Use a high quality brush with an appropriate size for the project at hand. Paintbrushes with angled bristles provide more control for cutting in and painting window sash.
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