What is the best way to apply paint?
This is another one of those questions that can only be completely answered with the question, “What are you painting?” In an effort to keep this article from turning into a book, I will answer this question for the homeowner who is getting residential exterior painting. We will assume that the house is previously painted and the paint is not peeling, cracking or having any other coating failures that will require getting into primers and more advanced painting techniques. The paint is just oxidized, faded, and it is time to repaint.
Houses are usually constructed from either wood, brick, siding, stucco or a combination of these compounds. Despite a few exceptions, a high quality exterior acrylic paint will work on any of these substrates provided the existing coating is in good condition. Paints designed for stucco are thicker and have more elastomeric qualities in order fill hair line cracks and allow for movement. Some paints designed for wood are self-priming to prevent tannin bleed.
So what is the best way to apply paint to the exterior of your home?
Some painting contractors boast “all work done by hand.” While this sounds wonderful because of the allure of “handmade” and “handcrafted”, it is not really the best way to have things painted. Here are the pros and cons of hand brush application of paint:
- No over spray or mess
- Get into tight areas without having to tapes or cover with plastic or paper
- No need for respirator or mask
- Fast, easy clean up
- Slower (higher labor costs or more time painting)
- Thinner coating of paint (Will wear out and need repainting sooner)
- Uneven finish (brush marks shows)
- Manufacturers recommend spraying most coatings
The other option for exterior house painting is by using a professional spray machine. I don’t mean a Wagner paint sprayer you get from Lowe’s for $100.00, I mean a professional Graco, SpeeFlo, or Titan machine that can cost anywhere from $1000.00-$30,000.00. Spraying paint using the right machine, gun, and tip will render a smoother more even finish than brushing by hand. In some instances, like painting stucco or applying wood stains, it is necessary to back roll the coating after spraying it on to push the paint into textured surfaces. Here are the pros and cons of spraying paint (assuming that a skilled professional is using the equipment):
- Thicker layer of paint (lasts longer)
- Smoother finish and appearance
- Faster (saves labor costs)
- Creates over spray so protecting eyes, nose, mouth, and property is required
- Uses more paint due to thicker coating and over spray loss
As a professional painting contractor, I encourage spraying paints whenever possible. It just renders a better final product. There are some situations where spraying paint is not feasible due to population, wind, laws, etc. If you have any questions about painting send the professionals at GreenWave Solutions an email and we will be happy to help you.
By: Daniel Macris
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