Should I spray or use rollers to paint the wall & ceilings of a
Masking is not a big task because all the furniture/fixtures are
removed from the house, and the floor is not installed yet.
I wanted to just spray (got Graco DX from ebay), but then I read in
this newsgroup that I should also backroll. Yet others suggest that
power-rolling ($70 attachment to the sprayer at Home Depot) is the way
I'm now confused. Can I get away with just spraying and not
backrolling? If I must backroll after spraying, then it seems that
power-rolling is a faster route, right?
Please advise. Thanks!
Don't bother, just roll. There are a couple of spray systems that work
OK, but they don't come cheep. For the most part, you will need to spend a
ton of money, and learn how to use the equipment, and even then back rolling
is a good idea, or you can just roll.
Backrolling is rolling over something thats already been painted to even it
out, usually backrolling is done with very little pressure basically just
letting the roller roll over the surface spreading out the paint more
As to the original question, spray and backroll, you won't find a power
roller worth a crap and cutting and rolling can be a long process if you're
not a painter. Spraying will put the paint up quick and if you do a fairly
even coat the backroll will only take minutes. BTW don't spray too far
ahead of yourself.
If it stands still I can paint it.
If it's moving I'll just have
Excellent point, Grasshoppa!
When I backrolled, I used a Graco xr7 and then a sheepskin roller. Use two
people. I have found it advisable to keep several fleece rollers available.
When one fills up, toss it in a bucket of water, and change to another. And
yes, don't spray too far ahead of the person who is backrolling.
Alltogether, a good way to paint, get a good amount of paint on the wall,
and end up with even stipple.
If you are spraying flat paint there is no reason to backroll. Spray the
wall in one direction <horizontal> then go back and give it a quick coat in
the other direction <vertical> We use this spray technique with semi gloss
and don't back roll. We get a nice even gloss this way. The DX is a nice
sprayer for the money. I wouldn't bother with a power roller. You might want
to invest in a spray tip extension so you can spray your ceilings without a
ladder = big time saver $40.00 to $75.00
I'd spray the ceilings but roll the walls.
If you're a newbie to spraying, you'll most likely get a more uniform
finish by rolling. Spraying looks easy but it take a pro to get a
consistent film thickness.
firstname.lastname@example.org (Ernesto) wrote in message
On 24 Aug 2004 16:00:51 -0700, email@example.com (Ernesto) wrote:
I'm not a big fan of spraying inside a house. No matter how much you
cover things the spray will go everywhere. You don't have fixtures
and flooring but what about windows, trim, doors, kitchen cabinets,
bathroom fixtures, and electrical sockets? These always get some
paint when spraying inside a house no matter how good of a job you do
masking and covering.
If you do decide to spray you will also have to backroll so make sure
your final stroke is the same direction, e.g., make the final pass
with the roller from top-to-bottom for every section of the wall.
I don't like the power rollers that attach to sprayers or work off
batteries--they have more problems than they are worth. However, if
you decide to roll it by hand, some of the cheaper manual power
rollers can save time--their main drawbacks are that the roller covers
aren't too good and they are difficult to clean.
Overall, I prefer to use a combination of 9" and 18" rollers with
lambswool covers--it takes a bit longer but it is less messy and you
always get a quality job.
I forgot to mention that the exception to interior spraying, at least
in your case would be the closets. You can spray a closet with an
airless in about 2 minutes instead of taking an hour by hand. Just
get all the closets ready and knock them off at the same time with the
airless and you will save a lot of time.
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