Roll-On Paint or Spray-On Paint, What's the Difference?

July 02, 20243 min read

“A paint job can make really make your house shine amongst the neighborhood and increase its curb appeal (and value!)”


We know that high-quality paint jobs, both on the interior and exterior of your home, can raise its value while making it a whole lot prettier. Today I wanted to let you know what type of painting technique is best suited for your home improvement project.

There are several ways to apply paint, but roll-on and spray painting are the most widely used in the industry. Understanding the differences between these two techniques can help you make a more informed decision for your project. This knowledge will also give you a better feel for what to expect when consulting with a contractor about your needs.

Here are the Pros and Cons to help you understand the differences.

Roll-On Paint

Roll-on paint is the most common method for painting an interior surface. With just a brush or roller, you can start painting with minimal preparation. While roll-on painting is popular, it comes with its own set of pros and cons. Roll-on painting may be what is best for the project. Here are some pros and cons.


  • Provides even, uniform coverage if applied properly

  • Can paint over almost any surface and texture

  • Offers excellent control with a brush

  • Allows access to smaller areas, grooves, and crannies with a brush


  • Can be time-consuming to complete

  • Brush marks may be visible

  • Difficult to paint in high and hard-to-reach areas

Often requires two or more coats of paint

Spray-On Paint

Spray-on paint is another option, mostly used for exterior but can be used for interior as well. This method can be ideal for covering large areas quickly, cutting the time required for roll-on painting substantially. However, it also has its own pros and cons. If you plan to hire a professional painter, check out painting contractor reviews online to see how others rate their experiences.


  • Easy to pick up, hard to master

  • Quick and efficient application

  • Can reach difficult areas

  • Leaves no brush or roller marks

  • Often only requires one coat


  • Requires thorough area preparation

  • Even with preparation, caution is needed

  • Can result in uneven coverage in the wrong hands


Whether you choose spray-on or roll-on painting, the job should be done carefully. Even the brand or sheen of paint can change the best method of application.

A paint job can make really make your house shine amongst the neighborhood and increase its curb appeal (and value!). Think through the scope of the project and carefully consider the method you want to use for your project. While DIY projects can be enjoyable, it's often a good idea to hire a professional for large paint jobs. At Zoab Painting, we can provide the best painting methods to ensure the final product is spectacular.

Check out these tips on What to Consider When Hiring a Contractor

Contact Zoab Painting today for a free estimate and let us help you make your home shine this summer! Call us at (844) 722-4888 or visit our website at

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