Is spray painting better than conventional painting?

Almost every DIY project will need a finish at some point. You usually need to apply some kind of oil, lacquer, solvent based paint or water based paint to protect the surface of your finished product. The question is, how do you apply it? With a brush, sponge, rag or spray gun? What are the benefits of spray painting?

Choose spray painting for the best results

Are you still wondering if conventional painting is good enough for your project? It might be but you need to think about a few things before you decide. The main benefits of spray painting are speed, quality of finish and versatility. If you only have a small area to cover and you don’t need a perfect finish, you might choose conventional painting. You can check out our spray painting guides but if you need any help, you can ask our online chat team for advice. They’re here to answer your questions.

  1. Ease of repairing “glitches” in the finish:
    You can remove small scratches and blemishes very easily during the painting process. You can simply sand down and re-coat blemishes and keep on building up the spray finish in thin layers.
  2. Speed:
    You can spray paint a finish much faster than you can brush or rag it, regardless of the shape or size. When you spray, the finish material is broken into small particles by a stream of air (atomisation) so it dries very quickly. You can touch varnishes, lacquers and water based products in minutes and you can sand and recoat in as little as an hour. Applying several coats of finish in one day makes this process very efficient. Also due to the rapid drying time, dust particles have very little time to settle. This reduces or sometimes completely eliminates the need for you to sand the surface between coats.
  3. Versatility:
    If you can create a finish with a brush or rag, you can get the same results with spraying. This isn’t true in reverse. You cannot brush or wipe all finishes that can be sprayed. For example, you can use spray painting for techniques such as toning or shading but these are impossible by hand.
  4. Control:
    When you use a correctly prepared spray gun, you have excellent control over how and where the finish is applied. You can follow our advice on the best spray painting techniques and preparing your spray gun. You can adjust the pressure, air fluid flow and fan size to allow light and even coats thus eliminating thick spots and brush marks. Take a look at our spray painting guide if you need any tips.
  5. Easy to learn:
    Spray painting is relatively easy to master and you can get a professional finish much quicker than with conventional methods.
  6. Quality finishes:
    Investing in a spray system will provide a quality finish on a consistent basis. You will reduce or even eliminate many problems you get with a hand finish, such as drips, sags and trapped air bubbles.