Spray paint vs brush, which delivers the best result?

When it comes to applying paint to the interior or exterior of a house or building there are two methods. You can either use a paintbrush or sprayer to apply your selected paint.

Either way can be used effectively and each one has its benefits to using it.

spray paint vs brush painting

For this article, we are providing some benefits that we discovered during our research.

Spray Painting and Brush Painting

Spraying painting

Spray painting is a method of applying a coating of paint onto a surface using a device or mechanical means.

The liquid paint is usually contained in a reservoir or container and compressed air is added and the liquid is propelled onto the surface.

This can either be a self-contained premade can of spray paint or a mechanical system that consists of a container or reservoir to hold paint and a hose attached to a compressed air supply is hooked up to the container.

By pulling a trigger on the handle, the paint is expelled through a nozzle onto the desired surface.

Brush painting

Brush painting is a method of applying paint to a surface using a brush that has bristles attached to the top.

The bristles can be made from several materials such as horsehair or nylon. Brushes come in several different shapes and sizes.

The wider the brush, the more coverage you will get from each stroke.

spray paint and brush difference

The smaller the bristle, the more details that you will be able to achieve.

Paint is poured directly into a container and the brush is dipped into the paint coating the bristles completely. The paint is then applied directly to the surface that you want to paint.

Pros and Cons of Spray painting and Brush painting

Pros of Spray painting

  • Makes it easy to get into difficult areas
  • Eliminates brush or roller marks that can be left on your walls
  • Quicker paint application
  • Needs only a single coat

Cons of Spray painting

  • Paint tends to go on uneven or leaves runs
  • Uses more paint per application
  • Preparation and cleanup take longer per job
  • Difficult to spray outside on windy days

Pros of Brush painting

  • Provides the best control when applying paint
  • Allows for a much more even coverage per coat
  • Provides better adhesion
  • Gets into nooks and crannies

Cons of Brush painting

  • Labor intensive
  • Usually requires multiple coats for the best result
  • Can leave brush marks in the paint
  • Obstructions can make it difficult to apply

When and if should you use primer for the best result?

To get the best coverage on many types of surfaces, it may be necessary to apply an initial coat of paint known as a primer coat.

This primer coat has several benefits as well. It will often improve the overall adhesion of your paint depending on the surface that you are wanting to cover.

Another reason why a primer coat may be necessary is to cover certain types of imperfections on the surface.

Primer also helps to seal the surface of new material such as wood or drywall, which prevents the paint from being absorbed into the material.

A primer coat will also help to reduce the number of coats of the primary paint that is needed to adequately cover the whole surface.

Final Thoughts

When it comes to painting interior or exterior surfaces on a house, you can decide which of the two methods will work best for you.

Each of the two methods has good and bad points, hopefully, we provided you with enough information so that you can decide for yourself which is best for you.


No, it does not use more paint simply because of the nozzle. The paint sprayer is known for its ability to conserve paint when compared to a regular brush or roller. This is because it has a powerful mechanism that is capable of controlling the amount of paint that will come out of the spray nozzle.

A lot of paint is lost when spraying. The amount of paint you lose depends on the brand of the sprayer and the type of material you are spraying. When spraying outside, the paint will almost always be lost to wind, rain, and gravity. If you are spraying indoors, the paint will be lost to overspray, seep, and uneven application. If you are painting a small part, you may lose as much as half of the can to overspray and seep. If you are spraying a whole wall, you might lose as much as a quarter of the can. Ultimately, it all depends on the quality of the sprayer and the paint you are using. On the whole, a good quality sprayer will use high-grade paint, thus preventing overuse and the need to buy more frequently.

The answer to the title of the question is “yes”. You can spray the outside of your house, but you should know that it ain’t gonna last long. It is just like painting any other surface. Some paints are formulated for exterior use, and some are meant for interior use only. Basically, if you’re interested in having a colored surface for a certain period, then painting the outside of your house is not a good option. If you want to have the outside colored for a long period, then you should consider using hardeners and sealers. But then it is going to be expensive. If you have metal, brick, stone, or other nonporous surfaces, then the painting will last longer.

One of the factors that you can help with conserving spray paint is to make sure you are not painting when it is too cold outside. Cold spray paint can cause the paint to clump which can make your paint job look sloppy. Keeping your tank pressure at a medium level prevents paint droplets from getting too large and makes your paint job look better when you are finished. You can increase or decrease the pressure depending on whatever you are painting. You can conserve paint if you are painting something flat by starting in the middle and working your way out. One way to do this is to spray in one direction, then turn your can upside down for the next pass but you can also do back and forth if you want to. One of the best ways to conserve paint is to spray from a distance. It is possible to spray from up close but it will take several passes and the project will take much longer. It is much easier to spray from a distance and still get a good-looking paint job.

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