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Old 08-21-2007, 08:48 PM   #1
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I'm buying a house and I have to paint the entire inside. I've been looking at sprayers and power rollers, which is better? is it better to roll or spray? I'm not looking forward to painting but I have to, I can't afford to pay somebody to do it. The last time a painted a room I just rolled it but this being a big job I thought I might try a sprayer or a power roller, I'm just looking for different options...Thanks!

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Roll it

Spraying appears to be a quick easy way to paint
But it's not
The prep is intense, and must be done precisely, and the chances for disaster are high
And the machinery does have a learning curve
It will not take a newbie less time to spray
If lucky and a quick learner, it may take the same amount of time
That's if the newbie doesn't mess up and get overspray somewhere they shouldn't

I might consider suggesting spraying if it's going to be all one color
That might save a little time on the back end
Prep the whole house, then rent a quality sprayer and shoot the whole thing

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Slick nailed it.
A brush and roller will be your best bet over all. Sometimes you just got to put your nose to the grindstone and get it done.
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Roger Slicks response!

You'll always get a better job with a good quality roller and paint than with a sprayer.. The tape and clean up time for a sprayer are a factor to consider versus rolling.

Immmmmmm rolling awaaaaaaaaaY!
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Roll it

Spraying appears to be a quick easy way to paint
But it's not
The prep is intense, and must be done precisely, and the chances for disaster are high
And the machinery does have a learning curve
It will not take a newbie less time to spray
If lucky and a quick learner, it may take the same amount of time
That's if the newbie doesn't mess up and get overspray somewhere they shouldn't

I might consider suggesting spraying if it's going to be all one color
That might save a little time on the back end
Prep the whole house, then rent a quality sprayer and shoot the whole thing
What about just spraying primer on? That's GOT to save time over rolling it on.
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What about just spraying primer on? That's GOT to save time over rolling it on.
No...not really
The same things apply
The prep itself is intense, must be done precisely, and will take longer than the application
The chance for disaster is high
There is a learning curve for the machinery
Certainly not worth the effort for one coat of primer by any way of looking at it

I'm not saying the pros, or even occasional sprayers don't have the systems, talent, and practice down to shorten the time and make it look good
But they do it a couple of times a week....or month
They have the systems down
For a newbie, there is no way it will save time or effort

The only way it possibly could, is if it's an empty house, new construction, all one color
Then after prep is done, there is time for learning on the primer, then the prep stays in place while the color is applied

And still...the chance for disaster is high
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I'm buying a house and I have to paint the entire inside. I've been looking at sprayers and power rollers, which is better? is it better to roll or spray? I'm not looking forward to painting but I have to, I can't afford to pay somebody to do it. The last time a painted a room I just rolled it but this being a big job I thought I might try a sprayer or a power roller, I'm just looking for different options...Thanks!
I just thought I would mention that when everybody here says "roll it", they don't mean "power roller". They usually mean a 5-gallon bucket w/ roller screen, a 50% poly / 50% wool (or all wool) 3/8" or 1/2" cover, a Wooster Sherlock frame (or other decent frame), and a lever-lock pole when needed.

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All said above also keep in mind the quantity of paint you will be applying.

With a sprayer, you have to do a heavy coat or several coats to compare to what you can roll on with a good paint and roller. Thats why you'll get a better paint job with the roller in most, but not all cases.

Prepping to paint is most of the work. Take the time and roll a good two coats with quality material and you'll have a paint job that will last for years.

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