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Question DetailsAsked on 10/18/2017


Im rolling and brushing a couple rooms and hallway

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Depends a lot of various factors - primarily whether the amount being painted justifies setting up and cleaning up a sprayer unit, whether masking is easy or tough to protect against overspray (generally a bad idea to spray if room is not totally cleaned out wall to wall), whether trim and doors are being painted too (spraying generally gives a better job easily on them), whether surface is textured (much easier if sprayed), etc.

Generally, spraying, if larger enough job to justify the cleanup time, saves 25-50% of labor cost on interior jobs and can be as much as 50-75% more efficient on exteriors - up to as much as about 500-1000% more efficient on hard to paint items like intricate railings and lattices.

For your small job case - it would depend on the preference of the painter whether he cranks up the sprayer unless trim and doors and ceiling are all being done in the same color as the walls too, in which case probably yes. Because of the cleanup and masking time, I doubt there would be much difference in total labor cost between the two methods.

Though spraying commonly does use 25-50% more paint with an experienced user and a good professional pump type airless or compressed air powered sprayer - up to 200-300% as much with a cheaper electrostatic sprayer like a Wagner handheld electric atomizing unit or someone not expert with spraying, where as much paint can end up on masking materials and the ground/floor as on the walls and ceiling.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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