Painting with a brush or a roller? Pros and cons.

Most interior paints available on the market can be applied onto the wall by either a brush or a roller. Most frequently, we take advantage of the both tools but choice between a brush and a roller should depend on a few factors:
- our skills,
- wall texture,
- the effect we want to obtain.



It’s the oldest and most popular form of wall painting. The brush is a very precise tool therefore it’s worth using it while painting details, edges and areas which require more attention. There are many brush types, as a result when we use various sizes and types we can reach every area, even the most difficult one. Narrow brushes are used to paint joints, alcoves, whereas wide ones, edges and larger surfaces, and a special brush, ‘radiator brush’, for corners. Corners should be covered by paint with medium hardness brush, while details by soft angle brush.
We ought to use the brush during painting decorative plasters and textured masonry surfaces since the brush filament (hair) can reach folds and difficult-to-reach areas and precisely cover the surface with the paint.


If we paint large and smooth areas it’s better to use the roller. If we use the brush inappropriately, we can produce streaks and hand movement traces. Moreover, the brush painting is uneconomic since the paint consumption is higher and the coat obtained is a lot thicker.



Thanks to painting rollers the coat on the wall is thin, uniform and even. It’s an ideal tool for painting smooth and well prepared walls. The filament length depends on a wall texture. The smoother the surface, the shorter the hair should be (approx. 10mm). If we have doubts regarding the surface smoothness, it’s always better to take advantage of a roller with longer filament.
While painting with the roller, do not press it to firmly against the surface so as to prevent unaesthetic streaks. The most efficient technique of painting is by ‘V letter’. It allows us to cover large surfaces uniformly and quickly.


On the market there are numerous available roller types. The ones made of plastic are intended for water-based paints, natural fibre ones for solvent-based paints, and sponge rollers for oil-based paints.



The best painting method is mixed technique. Firstly, we commence painting of corners, difficult-to-reach areas and edges with the brush and next cover larger surfaces with the roller. This mixed technique is more efficient and allows to save time and do not use too excessive amount of the paint.
After completion of painting works it’s necessary to wash the tools with water. They can be used again after they have dried.


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