Cheshire spray painting ceilings, walls and woodwork
Spray painting in residential settings is no easy task, with quite a few challenges, but experts like Scot Hindley in Cheshire, and other Traditional Painters around the country, have the experience and the right equipment to judge which approach is best (spray, roller or brush) to meet the challenges.
Right tool for the job
In effect, spray guns are “just another tool” and the mark of an experienced decorator is the ability to assess the right tool for the job.
On residential premises, Scot, for instance uses this HVLP spray system, airless spray, as well as conventional rollers and brushes.
To spray or not to spray your house?
Actual painting times are very fast when you spray, and the quality of finishes and the speed of application by spray are impressive too, but there are pros and cons to spray painting.
In other words, it is only fair to point out, that whilst it is possible to spray gallons of material per minute, turnaround times OVERALL are dependent on a few variables. The following are observations about spraying that most homeowners rarely consider.
The occasions when spray painting your home will pay good dividends
To try give you the full picture, calling in an expert to spray paint your house in the following scenarios, is a great proposition!
– Spraying first coats on walls and ceilings on large new builds, barn conversions.
The bigger the scale of your property, the more that spraying makes sense. Also, by adopting a mix of spraying and conventional roller finishes on the walls, you can avoid the touch-up issue of spray painted walls. (See below)
Also finish coats in multiple different colours can be applied more efficiently with rollers and brush than by spray.
If you want the new plaster in your house painted to give a sense of tidiness and uniformity, having it sprayed a single colour may be the best way forward, and then you pick colours later, and have the decorator back to decorate “properly” when all the trades have left you in peace.
A well equipped painter and decorator should have these Kovrd bags, if you plan on a different colour in every room of the house. With these, it is feasible to efficiently roll and paint topcoats in as many different colours as you like, without wasting time, money and water, cleaning out rollers between coats!
– Spraying ceilings in large rooms
Ceilings tend not to get marked, so spraying them to completion makes perfect sense for time-saving and evenly applied finishes.
– Spraying cornices, spraying ornate plaster mouldings, architectural features
This is probably the most time-saving and cost-effective use of a spray unit, completely cutting out the need for reaching into areas with an artist’s brush for days and days.
– Spraying doors, panelling, skirting boards, bannisters.
There are several spray equipment options, depending on the ornate nature of the woodwork, and each approach can produce a beautiful finish. Spraying is well worth looking at, as long as the numbers add up.
Primers can be sprayed
Topcoats in water-based finishes can be sprayed
When spray painting your home may not be a good idea
A spray gun is just a tool and each job requires the correct tool selection. In the following scenarios, a spraying expert may well offer alternative solutions to spray painting your house:
– Do not spray paint small one-off rooms
You obviously can spray anything, but it could well be that by the time the sheeting up has been completed in readiness for spraying, that a painter could have taken a brush and roller and finished the job. Or small areas, small quantities of paint, it may not make sense to bring out a spray unit.
– Do not spray kitchen cabinets or bedroom furniture where you want a traditional finish rather than a “factory” look
Primers on new kitchens or pieces of furniture tend to be sprayed in a workshop, but generally, hand finished in situ.
– Do not spray areas where walls will mark and need regular touching up
If spraying a low sheen matt wallpaint like Estate emulsion or Absolute Matt, in high traffic areas (it happens!) if there are marks, they will need touching up. This would have to be done with a spray gun, to match the original finish, else the different texture of a roller or brush will probably show as much as the original mark. So there is no option for basic DIY touch ups on sprayed walls, which is fine, if you are aware of it.
However, if you would rather not be dependent on others for minor maintenance, for the walls, it would pay to just spray the first coat to get the house looking uniform, and then go round with a conventional roller and brush application for finish coats.
Good end result either way!
Whichever spray or conventional roller/brush system used, the end results should be beautiful and your house not covered in paint, except in the right places.
If a decorator says they can spray your home for a fraction of the cost of normal decorating, ask them for their thoughts on the following.
The finish on walls and woodwork is flawless, or should be.
Ask what the game plan is if the paintwork marks badly, and wiping down doesn’t work for any reason?
The ideal answer is that touching-up has to be done with a spray gun too, because a brush or normal roller will have a different texture and stand out more than the mark, possibly.
It is feasible sometimes – aka a lucky shot – to touch up walls with a high density foam roller. But generally, especially if walls have been sprayed, touch-ups need to be completed with a portable airless spray gun, or repainted completely to a corner, which is a consideration when assessing the overall cost of a job.
You can spray gallons of paint per hour, and the bigger the job, the more cost-effective and appealing a spray solution will be,
but the time taken in preparing areas BEFORE spraying (where there are a lot of fittings that must not be painted) may cancel out a large proportion of the time saved by spraying.
If extensive masking up is required, so be it, but it may be a misconception that spraying is always super fast.
So, as a rule, if you call in the sprayers, don’t assume the job is bound to be finished in 5 minutes and it will cost pennies compared to the hours and pounds of conventional decorators with rollers and brushes. It may not.
For instance, the time spent masking up a glazed door like this ready for spray painting is well worth it
because the sprayed finish is quite something.
but a few minutes spraying is only a fraction of the “spray job”. The preparation, filling, sanding still needs to be accounted for.
Don’t accept cheap materials
On new plaster work, spraying in general, airless spray consumes considerably more paint than rollers. Sharp contractors will go for a busget paint to try offset the extra consumption of paint and keep within a tight budget. The sprayer should be specifying paint that does the job you want it to do.
Paint spraying woodwork and walls is not a job undertaken by many residential painters and decorators. Relatively few have committed anywhere near enough time and resources to be able to offer spray painting services to a high standard in your home.
Our spray painting specialists around the UK have invested a lot in equipment, and have dedicated time to developing their approach to spraying in private homes especially. As a member of Traditional Painter, Scot Hindley has lead the way in spraying kitchen cabinets and woodwork, along with Ron Taylor in Warwickshire, who himself has been a specialist in acrylic paint spraying for longer than most in the UK.
A spray painting expert from Traditional Painter is a safe pair of hands and you can rely on their advice and expect a super end result.
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