Brushing Vs. Spray Painting Commercial Building Walls

Brushing Vs. Spray Painting Commercial Building Walls

When painting your commercial building, you’ll have many things to consider, such as paint colour, the type of paint you want to use, and which application method you prefer. With the rising popularity of paint sprayers, it can be challenging to determine what will work best for your building. Should you stick to the traditional paintbrush/roller technique or switch it up with a paint-spraying alternative? It all comes down to preference, as both methods come with their own pros and cons. 

Here are the benefits of both brushing and spray-painting applications:

Pros & Cons 

Hand Brushing 

  • Less prep
  • A slower process
  • Provides thicker coverage
  • Hard to reach specific spots 
  • Not much paint wasted
  • Works best for detailed areas

Spray Painting 

  • Requires more prep
  • A faster process 
  • Provides thinner coverage
  • Better for hard-to-reach spaces
  • Paint may get wasted during application
  • Not as detailed
  • Works best for building exteriors or empty indoor spaces

Comparing the Two 

Prep Time

When preparing for painting, hand brushing takes the cake as the easiest. Spray painting equipment requires proper setup, the paint needs to be applied to the reservoir, and hoses/cords need to be connected. 


While it may take more time to set up the sprayer, it takes less time to spray the walls of a commercial building. When you’re done hand brushing/rolling one wall, you could be already moving onto wall number three when using a paint sprayer. 


Both techniques distribute the paint evenly, but spray painting runs the risk of thinner coats and coverage, whereas hand brushing is much more thorough. When spray painting, you must mark off all the areas you don’t want to get paint on. That means covering the floor, ceiling, windows, doors, etc. Using a sprayer on the exterior of a building can be risky as the elements, such as wind or rain, can seriously interrupt the application. 

With paintbrushes, you’ll only really need to use them to get the corners of rooms, as rollers are more efficient in covering the entirety of a wall. When applying paint, it’s paramount to add at least two coats to ensure it comes out evenly.  

Clean Up

Washing brushes and rollers after a long day of painting can be a process. However, nothing compares to the cleaning of a spray gun and its additional equipment. The gun, reservoir bottle, and hoses must be cleaned out thoroughly to ensure no leftover paint is stuck inside. 

What’s Your Decision?

Picking one technique over the other can be challenging, but most professional painters use both methods when tackling big commercial building painting projects. You can use paint brushes to take care of trim, wall corners, and baseboards. You can then switch to spray paint to cover those bigger wall spaces, such as the exterior of the building. 

Are you looking to get the best out of commercial painting in Winnipeg? The professionals at Pinnacle Painting and Decorating deliver exceptional paint jobs no matter the size or scope of the commercial property. Call us to experience a professional application today.