Which is better; Paint Roller or Paint Brush?

Paint Brushes and Paint Rollers have their own importance in the painting domain. Both the tools are necessary at some point or the other while painting. The choice of a particular tool depends upon a few factors. The factors are wall texture, the painting effect that we want to achieve and painting skills. To make the best use of a paint brush and/or paint roller, understanding the wall surface and required finishing is important.

Paint Brushes

Though a Paintbrush and a paint roller is used for the same purpose, both have very different functions. Paint brushes are the traditional and most popular painting tools. Brushes come in various shapes and sizes and give detailed painting over small areas. They are used to paint small areas that require more attention such as trims, edges, and corners.  Brushes range from small artists’ brushes to brushes which are 6-inches wide. Wide brushes are used to paint large surfaces and edges where small brushes are used to paint joints and alcoves. There are also angled brushes which make painting corners, cut-ins and details easier.

Paint Rollers

Paint rollers are designed in a way that it will hold a lot of paint and cover more surface area. Rollers are the first choice of painting professionals to paint the interiors and ceilings. There is a possibility of getting brush marks with brushes but rollers always give a smooth and uniform finish. A Paint Roller is an ideal tool for painting well-prepared walls. Rollers size ranges from 2 inches to 18 inches. The length of the filament depends upon the degree of surface preparation. The more prepared surface the lesser is the filament length.

The choice of a tool is also based on the type of paint is used, i.e Oil-based paint or Water-based paint. Brushes with High-quality natural bristles are very compatible with Oil-based paints while Artificial (Nylon or Polyester)bristles are perfect with Water-based paints. In case of rollers, sponge rollers are perfect for oil-based paints while rollers with natural fibers are perfect for water-based paints. The quality of brushes and rollers also makes a significant difference. High-quality tools are always helpful in getting a perfect finish.

The best painting method is using both the tools in mixed technique. First painting corners, cuts, and small areas with brush and then covering the big surface with rollers is the mixed technique. It saves time as well as paint. Less use of paint ultimately saves the money and the best part is that you get the perfect finish.

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