This is a question that gets brought up a lot when considering which strategy you apply when taking on a project that entails painting your interior walls. The answer to this depends on the type of scenario you might be facing. This article aims to give you the points you need to consider before deciding which way to go.
The first thing to consider before deciding is how big are the walls and the project you are taking on. Big walls tend to favor paint sprayers due to the speed at which you can get the job done. If you are taking on all the walls of a new house, you might want to consider using both a sprayer and a roller. The rollers are better suited for smaller walls in tight spaces. If you are looking to get yourself on small projects where you are only looking to paint the walls, we recommend going for the roller. Even Though paint sprayers are faster, they can be messy. This entails masking all the areas you don’t want to paint to fall on. This can take a significant amount of time just doing this.
Secondly, the type of paint and finishes you desire can be the differentiating factor for you. This is because paint rollers are more effective when it comes to coating and filling up rough patches that a sprayer may not be able to. If a durable and beautiful finish is what you are looking for, you should probably go with the roller. If this is not a factor for you, you should consider the sprayer due to its speed. Paint sprayers can save you over half the time it takes to paint your interior walls. However, the downside is the quality of the work and the lack of a proper finish. Recoating will most likely be necessary when using a sprayer, which means sending more on paint.
This takes us to our last point, which is: are you looking to save money? If this important for you then you must go with the roller. You can save a lot more with a roller due to their efficiency. Paint sprayers can be messy, which means you can find yourself wasting a significant amount of paint on areas not needed. This also requires buying more painting tapes to cover areas that are not to be targeted.
It is essential to recognize the scenario you are facing before deciding whether to go with a paint roller or a paint sprayer. Things such as the quality of the work, time consumption, and savings are all factors you need to consider. These variables will vary from person to person, but it is up to you to decide which way to go.
In my experience, you should always use a roller, especially inside. It takes a bit more effort but the result is a much more evenly spread coat of paint, it looks better and it lasts longer. Spray painting is for amateurs and those who want to cut corners.