Paint Sprayers VS. Rollers: Which to Choose?


Choosing between the two has always been confusing. But in this article, we’ll look into each of them closely and see which is better in terms of comfort, the range of use, the amount of paint used, and the time required.

Before we start comparing, let’s examine each of them first.

Paint Sprayers – What’s their deal?

They have taken over most home improvement and DIY projects for the past years. They’re used almost in every nook and cranny and that’s because they are multifunctional. Paint sprayers can either be airless or air-based. In an airless paint, the paint is pushed so it would be released. In an air-based, extra air pushes the paint with more force. Paint sprayers can also be categorized depending on the volume and pressure. Sprays which have low volume but high pressure are best for painting vast areas and long distances objects. Meanwhile, sprays which have high volume but low pressure are ideal for painting stairs, cabinets, furniture, indoor handicrafts, and the like, since there are more paint density and pigment in a short area. You could paint numerous objects with a paint sprayer and it wouldn’t even last a weekend!

Power Rollers – What are they rolling about?

On the other hand, power rollers boast off their ability to keep a constant painting density and contrast. They are perfect for painting floors and walls and are the main ingredient in professional and industrial works. What’s tricky about them is the fabric. You have to choose the right one for different surfaces. For instance, the fabric of the roller should be long pile if the surface of what you’re working on is rough; if the surface is plain, it should be foam; and if the surface is medium rough or lightly textured walls, the fabric should be semi pile. Generally, the rougher the surface, the longer the hair of the fabric should be. Rollers offer thinner and smoother layers once the paint has completely dried.

Now that you know what both are, it’s time to start the first round.

Round 1: Comfort and Ease of Use

Power rollers are perfect only if you’re a professional who knows how to use it without getting numerous lines. They can also cause your arms to strain because it requires you to perform the up-down motion while you paint. Aside from that, you’ll have to exert effort for the paint to stick on the surface! That means the longer you work on a project, the more exhausting the painting becomes. However, that’s not the case with a paint sprayer. Because they’re light and easy to control, your arms won’t strain so much. Plus, you need only one arm to move it around, allowing you to switch arms when the other needs to rest. Despite all that, paint sprayers can be uncomfortable because they leave paint almost everywhere especially on your body and nearby objects. That’s why you have to cover up everything—including yourself unless you want to be painted as well. Wearing gloves, safety goggles, old clothes, and a mask might not be that comfortable but they’re all necessary when you use paint sprayers.

Winner for Round 1: Both

Round 2: Range of Use

Power rollers are ideal for walls and floors. But that’s just about it. They can’t be used for small areas such as the corners of walls, which of course, require paint brush. With a paint sprayer, however, you can have a power roller and a paint brush in one tool. You can paint any small and big projects with different surfaces.

Winner for Round 2: Paint Sprayers

Round 3: Amount of Paint

Paint sprayers are ideal for almost any type of job. However, the downside is the amount of paint it uses. Unlike rollers, it uses two to three times more paint. Even airless paint sprayers use more paint. And that’s unfortunate.

Winner for Round 3: Power Rollers

Round 4: Time

I somehow explained this one already when I described paint sprayers. With them, there’s fast application of paint, therefore, the drying process can be completed faster. Paint sprayers allow you to finish painting an item in one afternoon instead of a weekend. And you can’t do this with power rollers because you’ll have to coat again and again to reach the desired results. Each pass of a paint sprayer will give you the same result as that of three to four passes of your power roller. Another factor that affects the time is the amount of paint you can store in your roller. You obviously can’t store much because the paint will drip, requiring more time and effort.

Winner for Round 4: Paint Sprayers

Ready to choose? Ready or not, it’s time to decide!

What should you use? Based on this article, paint sprayers are more advantageous to use. Do consider what tool can make you more productive. Don’t forget to consider your budget as well! Whatever your decision will be, do yourself a favor and invest in a high-quality one.