Back-Brushing Paint Tips & Techniques

House painting is a necessary expense, and when your home has damaged trim or siding, sometimes the paint is better brushed.

We will reveal a few paint application tips painting tips that will keep your labor rates lower. These interior and exterior house painting techniques could potentially lower the cost of your next painting project by thousands!

Spraying & Back Brushing Exterior Painting Technique 

Spraying is especially advantageous in reducing labor costs. Most modern exterior painting applications involve spraying siding, shutters, and applicable trim. Doors, windows, and other trim are typically brushed. 

For ultimate durability, in some cases, homes need the paint to be applied with a brush. Delaminating lap siding is better painted with a brush for preservation. In this case, brush painting will inevitably buy more time, consequently preventing immediate siding replacement. 

Brushing a home requires 2/3 times more labor than spraying. In most cases, brushing will cost more money regardless of the application or circumstance, but there is a way to reduce brushing costs. 

Exterior brush painting costs are best mitigated by combining spraying and brushing techniques. One way is by brushing the first coat and spraying the second. The second option is a painting secrete that may sock your painter – it is a process referred to as back-brushing. 

Back brushing is a process in which the paint is first sprayed and immediately brushed before the paint has a chance to dry. This approach gets the paint on the house quicker than the traditional process of painting by brush, consequently lower labor costs.

Interior Trim Brushing Tips

It would not be fair to have an exterior brushing tip and not include one for the interior. 

Spraying interior doors, baseboards, bookshelves, and other trim is extraordinarily invasive and will likely require homeowners to vacate during the commencement of work. However, when possible, we advise clients to take full advantage of spraying the trim within their homes. 

Spraying interior trim looks impressive, leaving a uniform coat that will completely eradicate brush strokes. Understanding that not all interior house painting projects deem this form of application, we have an interior brushing tip that is especially useful when brushing doors. 

With more paints becoming low or zero VOC, they consequently dry much faster, resulting in more pronounced brush strokes. The only way to reduce the likelihood of visibly obtrusive brush marks is to paint fast or use a paint additive


Reducing Paint Texture Additional Tips

Assuming spraying is not possible, ask your next painter to use a foam roller to apply the paint to the door and then quickly and uniformly back-brush the door. A combination of rolling and back-brushing doors will save time and reduce brush marks, offering a more uniform paint finish. 

As a recommendation, make sure your local house painters are familiar with back-brushing and have experience doing so. Otherwise, it could turn out to be disastrous. It is worth reiterating that back brushing must happen quickly, not allowing the paint to start drying. 

There are so many tricks of the trade and other things to know regarding professional house painting, and some painters will not reveal them.

Are you considering a brushed exterior paint job for your Raleigh home? Contact us for professional interior or exterior painting services. You can also view other articles like this one to learn more insider tips.

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