What's the best way to paint interior walls?

Answered by Brett ~ January 4, 2011 ~ Comments

I want to paint a few rooms in my house, should I use a roller, brush, or paint sprayer to paint some smooth walls?

Will R. ~ Sanibel Island, FL

Brett Kulina

Will, although you can successfully apply a new coat of paint to your home's interior walls with a roller, a paintbrush, or a sprayer, the amount of painting that you have to complete might ultimately dictate which equipment is right for your project. If you are painting a small room, or are painting a room that requires several different colors of paint, then a roller may be your best bet. When painting walls with a roller, you should first use a brush to paint the corners of the room and around the window and door trim, as well as any other places that your roller can't reach. After the detail work is done, then paint the entire wall with the roller, making sure to get adequate, even coverage that does not drip or streak.

Using a paint sprayer can be a quicker way to complete larger projects. Even though using a paint sprayer may save you some time on the actually painting, keep in mind that it can take a while to clean the tool after each coat of paint. Plus, you will have to spend some time prepping the room before you begin, using plastic tarps and masking tape to completely cover anything that you don't want to get paint on. Although all paint sprayers create some over-spray, I find that electric sprayers are easier to control than air driven models.

You can rent an electric airless paint sprayer for about $85 per day from a paint store in the Sanibel Island area, and they can recommend the best type of paint to use in their sprayers. If you haven't used an electric paint sprayer before, try painting a practice board before attempting to paint your room. If you move the sprayer too slow, you will notice paint dripping down your walls, and if you move the sprayer too fast, then you may wind up with an uneven coat that has thin spots. After some practice, you should get the feel for the tool and be able to quickly apply an even finish that looks great. Good luck with your project!

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