Differences Between Spray Painting and Brush Painting

Painting is the art of applying paint, pigment, color or other medium to a solid surface sometimes referred to as the “matrix” or “support”. The medium is commonly applied to the base with a brush, but other implements, such as knives, sponges, and airbrushes, can be used.


What is Spray Painting?

Do’s and Don’ts to using Spray Paints.


Spray painting is defined as a technique used in painting where a device sprays a finishing through the air onto the desired surface.

 To get the quality results you need from spray painting, a couple of Dos and Don’ts will help you achieve said results. 

What you should do, take it outside- but beware of the wind- practice wearing proper protective equipment (PPE), namely gloves, eye goggles, a disposable shirt, shoes, and a gas mask. One should also use a sweeping motion, sweeping from left to right, then vice versa. Be careful not to hesitate in one spot, as that will lead to drippy and/or blotchy marks. Also, it would be best if you allowed the paint to cure completely, giving it at least 24 hours to do so.  

 However, what you shouldn’t do is slack off on the necessary prep work before starting, and when you do start, don’t rush it. Apply the paint in several thin coats to achieve even coverage. To avoid any spots and conserve paint, one shouldn’t have a “heavy trigger finger” and should spray in short spurts rather than a constant stream.



What is Brush Painting?

Do’s and Don’ts to using Brush Paints.


 Brush painting is described as the art of using a brush to paint. To some, painting with said tool might be tedious, but it could look exquisite in terms of quality if done correctly. 

Of course, when painting with a brush, some things should be done, and some should be avoided to attain such quality. Here are some examples of the former: A decent amount of time should be spent moving and covering furniture and protecting floors. When painting the corners of a wall, it’s best to use a technique called “cutting in.” One should use the tip of the brush to avoid leaving brush marks.

Now, presenting a couple of things that should be avoided, namely, hasting. The best results are formed when one can practice and exercise patience. Another no-no is painting directly from the paint tin instead of pouring some paint into a small container. That way, if it spills, it’s not too much to clean up. Don’t dilute all the paint at once because its use will disappear if some paint is leftover. Unmarked paint can last for up to three(3) years. 



So, with spray paint, its application time is faster; it only needs one coat for coverage, doesn’t leave any brush marks, AND can get into hard-to-reach areas. You would think that it’d be a definite winner over using a brush with all these positives, huh? But that isn’t necessarily the case. Its prep time is longer, coverage can sometimes be too thick, using 2- 3 times as much paint as brushing, the adhesion is poor, and you can’t paint on windy days. 


Now, let’s look at paint brushing. It promotes excellent control, the adhesion is perfect, the uniform coverage, and the paint gets into nooks and crannies way better than spray painting. Sounds great, doesn’t it? But alas, it too has its downfalls. The application is slow and hectic; it can require more than one coat, it can leave brush marks, and any obstructions can make the application difficult.


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