Airless sprayer or brush/roller?

boone_2009October 24, 2011

We are having the entire interior of our 3-car garage painted, except for the floor ( walls, ceiling, inside of garage doors, wall cabinet of bare MDF, 2 entry doors plus trim, concrete wall base).

Our painter says he will be using a sprayer and will charge more if we wish to have him use roller/brush. We are concerned about paint spray getting into the furnace/water heater which are in wall niches; also don't know if the sprayer will distribute 2 coats of paint evenly without a 'foggy' look that we've read about. The project will take 2 days - first day prep, patch, prime; second day 2 coats of paint.

Please advise - should we go with the sprayer or have him use rollers/brush?

Thanks!

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paintguy22

Sprayer. There shouldn't be a foggy look because the wall and ceiling paint will be backrolled. So, in the end it will look as if it were brushed and rolled. The sprayer is just a tool used to get the paint on faster. If you are worried about overspray getting into the furnace and water heater room, then you should plastic that area off or let the painter know that you do not want any overspray getting in there and he will do it.

    Bookmark   October 25, 2011 at 6:09PM
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boone_2009

Thanks, Paintguy. He will not be backrolling - says he does such a good job, there is no need. We are worried about this.
Also, should we have full prime on walls or spot prime? They were painted 20 years ago but don't look bad except for some stains and holes that need patching.
Will 2 coats of paint using a sprayer look as "good" as two using a roller?

    Bookmark   October 25, 2011 at 8:48PM
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paintguy22

I have never tried to not backroll wall paint in my life, so I can't really be sure how it would look, but my first guess is that it will look flashy. I don't really spot prime anything. It is either full prime or no prime. Since paints are self priming these days, using the actual paint to spot prime is better than using an actual primer. If you use a real primer to spot paint areas, then you run the risk of those spot primed areas flashing through. Usually, two coats of a high quality paint is good for walls. A primer plus two coats is the best though, but in my experience most normal people do not get the best bang for their buck by paying extra for that primer coat.

    Bookmark   October 25, 2011 at 11:03PM
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boone_2009

Really appreciate you taking the time to give such a thoughtful and helpful reply,Paintguy.

You said "A primer plus two coats is the best though, but in my experience most normal people do not get the best bang for their buck by paying extra for that primer coat." Do you mean two coats of paint alone will do ( self-priming paint)? Sorry for my denseness!
Thanks again!

    Bookmark   October 26, 2011 at 1:48AM
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paintguy22

Yep, two coats of paint is usually fine.

    Bookmark   October 26, 2011 at 2:09PM
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rimce44

Also you should paint with appropriate paint, masonry with masonry paint, metal with metal paint and also wooden bits with another type of paint.. Its not just to spray all over with some emulsion :)

Here is a link that might be useful: Painters and Decorators North London

    Bookmark   October 26, 2011 at 7:56PM
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Christopher Nelson Wallcovering and Painting

Thanks, Paintguy. He will not be backrolling - says he does such a good job, there is no need. We are worried about this.

As well you should be. I have never seen a "good" job without backrolling.

    Bookmark   October 27, 2011 at 5:55AM
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boone_2009

Thank you very much for your replies, Paintguy, Rimce44 and Christophern. We decided not to go with this painter and are looking for someone else who will do it 'properly' :-).

    Bookmark   October 27, 2011 at 7:29PM
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