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Rolling vs Spraying

Spray Painting

The spray gun stems from the invention of the first airbrush which was patented in 1876 by Francis Edgar Stanley. The first spray gun machine was developed in 1887, predating the roller by almost 53 years.

Spraying on paint requires longer amounts of preparation time to ensure all areas not to be painted, such as windows and floors are taped, marked or covered before application begins. Once spraying has begun, application is faster and can cover larger areas with a uniform and smooth finish.

Most good painters will then “back roll” their spray work, especially on ceilings and walls which will help to further push the paint into the surface pores. This will also give a lighter, textured finish, while ensuring any cracks or joints are also completely filled in. The finished result of “back rolling” also helps to ensure surfaces are easier to “touch up” for years to come.

If you like speed, using an airless sprayer is a great method for painting both interior and exterior walls. In many cases, it’s more suited to exterior jobs as you will have more overspray. It’s ideal for your garage or buildings with large outdoor walls especially when you need it done quicker while maintaining a professional finish. The only thing you need to be careful with when you’re spraying is over spray and paint waste.

However, with a sprayer like the Titan Capspray HVLP or Titan ED 655, you can achieve a more controlled, fine finish with your application on smaller indoor jobs. It’s perfect for smaller trims, interior doors, cabinets, stairs, and other areas that require greater detail and precision. When it comes to painting with a sprayer, you need to think about what it is your painting. For example, you could use this sprayer on interior doors, where you just can’t quite get the same professional finish you need with a roller.

Roller Painting

The paint roller is a traditional method for painting large surfaces such as walls and ceilings to achieve a smooth and uniform finish without the visible brush strokes.

Rolling on paint requires less preparation and clean up time while allowing an easy flow of workmanship. Rolling on paint allows a painter to apply thick, and lightly textured coats of paint.


Neither using a sprayer or rolling on paint is much quicker than the other when taking into account the relevant preparation and application time. Also, neither method may use more paint than the other considering the efficiency of modern sprayers and the reduction of over spray. While spraying is a great way to paint harder to reach areas, such as cabinets and shelves or uniformly paint detailed items such as lattice, both methods are used depending on the requirements of the paint project and the preference of the individual painter.

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