Spraying-Rolling- or a paintbrush? Which method and why? - Paintway

We just wanted to touch base and talk to you about methods of painting your home. We had a customer call us recently and was quite distressed the painters she had hired and sprayed EVERY wall, corner and every inch of her home which cause alot of excessive spray to lay over her carpet furniture including the TV!

Using a paint spray has become a useful tool in the housepainting trade, there certainly is a place for spraying but it certainly IS NOT everywhere internally in your home!

Often painters will use this method to save time and money but there has to be precautions in doing so as paint that is sprayed can leave a fine residue over everything in that room!

When spraying very special care and preparation needs to happen before we can use the machine and often this is overlooked by many tradesman.

If you decide to paint a room yourself using a Spray…here are some helpful tips to get started 😀

Preparation of surfaces (standard room)

• Remove any grease or dirt by washing down surfaces

• Fill any imperfections in the plaster work with a recommended filler product

• Lightly sand any filled areas and imperfections to a smooth, even finish

• Wipe down surfaces with a soft broom/brush or cloth to remove any dust

• We recommend you also protect yourself by wearing protective clothing and safety equipment such as, eyewear, gloves and a mask.


• Use a blue tape to mask up all trim areas including; architraves, skirting boards, window reveals, light fittings, light switches, etc.

• Cover all floors and furniture with heavy duty Wagner canvas drop cloths

• It is best to remove any window furnishings, however if this is not possible then cover with lightweight plastic drop sheets or masking film

Spraying (ceiling)

• Select a premium paint in your chosen colour. Firstly, apply one coat to all cornices

• Then work systematically from side to side across the width of the room, applying the first coat to the ceiling

• Allow the first coat to dry thoroughly and then repeat the process with a second coat moving up and down the length of the room

Spraying (walls)

• After the ceiling is completely dry, mask up underneath the cornice edge using blue tape and masking film or paper and extend to cover the pre-painted ceiling to a minimum of 30cm

• Working systematically up and down, across the wall, apply the first coat in an even pattern

• Allow the first coat to dry thoroughly and then repeat the process with a second coat

Removal of masking tape/paper

• Allow the paint to dry thoroughly before gently removing the masking tape

• Note – if the paint is still wet when removing the tape then the paint may bleed onto the protected surface

• Dispose of all tape, paper or plastic thoughtfully


 Once you have completed the project, it is important to follow the simple cleaning instructions for  sprayer to ensure maximum performance of the unit for your next project.

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