Monday, 26 September 2016

Spray Painting Vs Brush Painting-Which is Right?

There are many techniques that can be used to add a splash of color to a surface including the two most popular; spray painting and brush painting. These two methods are both unique with clear advantages and downsides that make them attractive or otherwise to the painter.

Brush painting

As the name suggests brush painting involves the use of a brush to apply paint on a surface. It is by far the most common method of painting but away from the usual handheld brush, some people rely on modified brushes such as the roller to get the work done.

· It is the easiest way for beginners to master the art of painting. Brush painting is ideal for the painter who wants full control of their tools. 

· It is the least method of painting.

· Brushing results are not influenced by the wind or other external elements.

· Once mastered it is the speediest method of coating large areas with color.

Facts about painting with a brush

This is a method for the patient soul who doesn’t easily tire. You have to learn how to apply perfect pressure to ensure a smooth streak free finish while working with a brush. While brushes are made for special purposes there are some that are suitable for all surfaces and can be used with all types of paints. These are economical for the regular painter who doesn’t want to go shopping each time they need to complete a task.

Paint brushes come in different shapes and sizes but the quality of bristles is usually dictated by the manufacturer. You have to try many brands before landing on the perfect brush but no matter your choice, it is important to learn how to use one properly:

· Don’t dip directly into the can but instead pour some working paint into a container, refilling as you go.

· Make sure that you dip only 1 or 2 inches into the paint and tap the tip of your brush against the container to prevent dripping.

· Always start at the top, stroking down toward the middle allowing paint to flow smoothly on the surface.

· You must move fast to coat an area with paint at the same time blending and smoothing it out.

For those who aren’t sure they can trust their hands to paint perfectly, rollers are the best way to go. This method utilizes a special set of rollers which should be dipped in paint before rolling over the surface to be colored.

· The biggest downside to brush and roller painting is the difficulty to reach far ends of a wall or effectively paint corners.

· Hiring a contractor to hand brush property can be very expensive compared to methods like spray painting.

· Smooth finish is not guaranteed with paint brushing as it depends on the experience of the specific painter.

Spray painting

This method seems to have struck a chord with many people in the painting industry. The equipment is fascinating but that shouldn’t fool you into thinking that spray painting is an easy, straightforward task.

· This is recommended for people who want to remove the hassle from regular painting. You can easily apply the paint as it is in the can. This means that you do not have to think hard about proper ratio needed to get a certain color or change the consistency of paint.

· Modern sprayer equipment allows you to transform paint into mist without using a thinner. By making proper adjustments to the sprayer, a painter may be able to paint a single coat that is thick enough as opposed to brush painting where you have to go over a surface over and over in order to achieve desired thickness.

· A great advantage of choosing the sprayer over a paint brush is that it guarantees a smooth finish. You do not need to go over a surface several times using a sprayer, an excellent thing for those looking for a streak free surface. 

· If you want unique color or texture there are several custom spray paint options to choose from. This versatility not only attracts individuals but also contractors who wish to give their clients unique results.

Facts about spray painting

A good spray paint job comes down to the type of sprayer chosen. There are different types of sprayers in the market all designed for specific uses so people need to make sure that they are using the right tool for the right task. Remember to always test a new sprayer on a scrap surface before starting work to make sure that the controls are properly set to leave the desired effect.

When spraying, don’t forget to cover furniture using plastic sheets or other material that will not absorb splatters. This prevents damage to valuables and ensures that paint doesn’t get on surfaces that it shouldn’t.

It is important to select quality paints from your local dealer to ensure superb effects of your hard work. Different paints are suited to different surfaces with some being more expensive than others. Water proof paints are available to those who want them as well as those that don’t emit dangerous fumes.

· While spray painting seems like the best way to get work done fast it is not ideal for small areas. It takes lots of preparation to use a spray paint which can makes it an arduous task when the surface that needs painting is small.

· A concern about spray painting in Singapore is overspray which could spread to furniture and expose humans to health problems.

Both brushing and spraying have strengths and weaknesses so it is up to you to get the method that suits you most. Remember that the application technique notwithstanding, you need to choose safe paints as well as other tools to ease the job. Rollers and conventional brushes tend to leave a mighty mess for the inexperienced hand but this can be reduced with a paint tray. All you need to do is roll the roller or tap the brush on a ridged part of the tray to reduce excess to prevent dripping when work begins.

Whatever method you choose, remember that safety is important to avoid injury to self or others. Gloves for example must be worn before handling any paint, thinner or varnish to protect the hands from staining or injury. When the job is done, you must cleanup effectively if you truly want to appreciate the results of your efforts. After painting using the desired method it is wise to take a step back to assess the job and decide whether the surface requires a touchup. Make sure that the paint color chosen complements surrounding d├ęcor but most importantly, that it impresses you, the esteemed painter.