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JamesUK 06-08-2011 04:25 PM

How to paint a whole house very quickly?

We're in the midst of renovating our new house and lots of walls have been changed and/or need to be repainted.

We have 12 rooms to paint walls and ceiling. 3 rooms are only plaster.

What is the fastest way to do that?

We've done roller and brush painting before, but we were wondering if it would be faster to get a sprayer because of the shear volume?

If so, how much time would it save (10%? 20%?) and what sprayer and equipment do we need?

Thanks in advance :)

bobtheblindguy 06-08-2011 04:34 PM

Glad it's you and not me who has to paint 12 rooms. Don't blame you for wanting to spray. I always used roller and brush. Do you plan on using many different colors? If you do that might effect using a sprayer because you would have some down time to clean the sprayer everytime you change colors.

Brushjockey 06-08-2011 04:48 PM

You can ruin things in seconds with a sprayer if you don't know what your doing. It takes longer to ruin it with a brush and roller.

chrisn 06-08-2011 05:17 PM

As brush said ( sort of), I will be more blunt

FORGET the sprayer and just paint it, should only take a week

scorpio615 06-08-2011 05:18 PM

sounds a lot like me as well ive been working on a 2500 sq house bye myself with little to no exp not fun at all lol not sure how many walls too many of them and i dont want to go into panic mood which ill do if i count all of them lol. but to answer your questin? i use a roller myself but its been taking a long timee to finish everything.kind of wish i would have tried a sprayer instead now.

Brushjockey 06-08-2011 05:56 PM

Hey, despite popular opinion- this painting thing isn't easy. Takes some skills and practice.
If you don't have that- patience. If you hurry it- it will screw up. Really.

jsheridan 06-08-2011 06:10 PM

What color are the ceilings going to get? How many different wall colors are you using? How many people will be helping, on a steady basis?

DangerMouse 06-08-2011 06:36 PM


Originally Posted by chrisn (Post 663633)
As brush said ( sort of), I will be more blunt

FORGET the sprayer and just paint it, should only take a week

Oh come on, spraying is fast! Doesn't anyone else remember when Norm painted Sam's office on Cheers?


mustangmike3789 06-08-2011 07:11 PM

spraying is normally much faster than a brush and a roller if you are doing large enough areas of a single color. i went through 4-6 55gal drums of paint on bridges with one other guy in a 12 hour shift several times. i cant see that happening with a brush. i dont think that 12 rooms/ interior justifies using a sprayer. just the time and money spent masking off the windows alone would be a deciding factor for me. im not a big fan of spraying inside due to the amount of clean up involved also. i have sprayed and back brushed trim and door casing to speed things up a little. quality paint and tools will help speed up progress too. having to add an extra coat because you went cheap on paint will slow things down for sure.

oh'mike 06-08-2011 07:29 PM

Spraying the ceiling with someone back rolling to add orange peal--then spray the trim and doors--

hand cut the walls and roll----

That will speed things up and not make to big of a mess if you don't have any floor coverings.

Airless paint pump is the tool---rent a good one--they are to expensive for one job and the cheap ones just won't do the job.

Often all the masking involved makes spraying inside a waste of time.----Mike----

Leah Frances 06-08-2011 11:09 PM

How to paint a whole house very quickly?

Hire someone who knows what they are doing to do it.

Whenever I can afford it, I hire someone else to do it. Pros can do it WAY faster and produce great results.

How to learn to be a decent painter?

Paint 12 rooms in your house.

I really like painting. I like the prep and I love the joy of finishing. I'm getting steadily better results, and learning how to work faster.

I'm the sort of DIYer who finds sublime joy in approaching a new discipline, gaining competence and finally, skill while I tackle jobs around my home. My first paint jobs aren't nearly as good as my most recent. But, I'm about ready for a change now... and since I know my prep was STERLING, it will be easy to re-coat.

I have a high quality sprayer that my sweet, misguided, husband bought me. I ONLY use it for projects that can be done outside. Works like a champ. Used it once on my house to paint the underside of a porch roof. It took so much time to mask off the windows, doors, floor, etc, that it would have been faster just to roll it.

And the skill required to do a good job of spraying on paint takes time to develop the skill.

Gymschu 06-09-2011 07:11 AM

In my opinion, a pro with a roller and brush can paint twice as fast as a DIYer with a sprayer...........I'm saying that to point out that spraying is really not the time-saver everyone thinks it is. Prep, masking, color changeovers, clean up, all take major amounts of time when spraying. Yes, there is some of that with rolling, but, in the end I believe the brush and roller do a superior job in the most efficient amount of time.

jarheadoo7 06-09-2011 07:56 AM

well seems everyone covered the sprayer vs cut/roll pretty well..but i will add this..

dont let the amount of painting over whelm you.. break it into sections..
ceilings-all the same color
trim - all the same color
walls - varying colors..

do each section until completion, clean up and prep for the next section.. this way you wont hav eto wash out your tools for every color change in every room and


oh'mike 06-09-2011 08:01 AM


Originally Posted by jarheadoo7 (Post 663959)


Best advice I've seen today!

oh'mike 06-09-2011 08:24 AM


Boxing; Mixing all the cans of paint together in a big bucket---the mixing machines are not perfect and some times one gallon will have a slightly different color or sheen.

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