Spraying vs. Rolling Paint for Exterior Facades

Painting is an excellent way to bring out the best of your property, and whether you are painting for the first time or repainting, you have many decisions to make. While you choose the right paint color and type, you must also choose the right painting method for your property.

Though brush and rollers have been the conventional painting method, spraying has also become popular, whether on interior or exterior facades. The popularity of paint sprayers is credited to their ease of use. Plus, it is fast to use.

However, choosing between rolling and spraying paint involves more than focusing only on these. You have to consider other factors, such as the location of the wall, the wall surface, and how much time you have.

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With these factors and others in mind, you can decide which painting method is best for your painting project.

Here is a compressive guide on which option is best to choose for your painting interior and exterior walls.

Why Should You Rolling Paint

Here are a few reasons to choose rolling painting and avoid spraying.

Spraying Paint Is Not Easy

Though spraying paint can seem an easier alternative to rolling paint, spraying paint is not as easy as most people think. If this is your first time using a sprayer, you may face some difficulties using the tool.

Spraying paint doesn’t usually come out fine with a beginner. Beginners usually face difficulties using a sprayer, preventing them from achieving even coverage.

However, this doesn’t mean spraying paint is not for you, even as a beginner. You can still use it but with some practice as trial and error. You can find some compact, affordable sprayers on the market to start with.

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Undoubtedly, your first practice will be full of runs, drips, and uneven coverage, but you will find your way around using the tool with further practice.

Spraying Is Not Faster Than Rolling Paint

Most beginner DIYers consider spraying above rolling because they believe spraying is faster than rolling painting.

You might be surprised that the total time for spraying painting is almost equal to rolling painting. This is because the prep phase for spraying takes much more time than it takes in rolling paint.

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While the application time for spraying is short, the prep time is long, resulting in equal time with rolling painting your interior or exterior facades.

You Can’t Preserve a Filled Sprayer

Another setback to spraying is that you cannot leave it unused until another day once you fill the sprayer.

Leaving your paint in the sprayer unused will clog the sprayer and dry the paint inside. This means you are committed to finishing your paint in a sprayer once you fill it, even when you have important reasons to stop.

This is not so with rolling paint. If you are exhausted and can’t continue using your roller, you can easily wash it up and cover your paint-cover to continue another day.

Spraying Paint Is Not Cost-Effective

The price of sprayers on the market might discourage you from using the method. Even if you are going for an affordable, entry-level sprayer, you will still budget up to 80-100 euros, which might not be encouraging.

While you might also consider renting is an affordable option, renting a sprayer per day can cost up to 40 euros.

It is also worth mentioning that spraying costs more paint than rolling paint. Since spraying requires one-third more paint than rollers, you have to buy more paint, adding to the overall cost of spraying your exterior facade.

Why Should You Spraying Paint

Here are the main reasons.

Spraying Reaches More Places

One obvious disadvantage of using a roller is the limit to where it can reach. A sprayer can reach narrow crevices that a roller doesn’t have access to. For example, it is easier to use a sprayer on crown molding, brick walls, lap siding, and popcorn ceilings to achieve even coverage than using a roller.

Spraying Paint Is Best Exterior Facades

Again, another factor that determines which option is best for you is the location of your wall. If you are painting exterior walls, you want to consider spraying paint for ease of use. However, you can also use it for indoor projects if the rooms are empty. Remember, spraying requires masking, and if your masking is not as thorough as it should be, you might regret spraying paint.

Also, though spraying is best for exterior facades, you want to avoid it on a windy day.

Rolling Paint Is Best For Interior Walls

The only condition to consider spraying paint for interior walls is when the room is empty, such as in a newly built home. With this, you have fewer items to mask off. However, consider rolling paint if you are painting interior walls with items like furniture in the rooms.

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Roller Painting is better for interiors of Houses | Source: dulux

Spraying interior walls like this requires masking off the items, which can be time-consuming.

Spraying Vs. Rolling Paint: Which Is Less Messy?

First, it is worth noting that both options are messy. Both options require that you mask off the trim and edges to prevent paint from touching unnecessary points. However, spraying requires more prep work to reduce the risk of mess. Over-spraying can cause more mess, especially if you don’t mask properly.


Choosing a roller or a paint sprayer for painting your interior walls or exterior facades depends on a few factors. While spraying painting is best for exterior facades for requiring less masking, using a roller is a more suitable option for indoor painting.

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