House Painting: Brushing vs. Spraying Homes

When deciding whether to paint the exterior of your home, picking the right painting contractor with the right skills for your specific home improvement project is critical. One of the most essential parts of the job is deciding if you want your home brushed or sprayed!

Many people prefer hand-painted homes, while others believe spraying offers better coverage. Is your contractor trying to sell you something you don’t need to make more money?

Areas to Spray & Brush

Two significant areas outside a home can be either sprayed or hand brushed. One of those areas is the siding. Both Jame Hardie lap siding and masonite are commonly found outside homes. Other areas, such as gutters, downspouts, porch ceilings, and shutters, can also be sprayed.


The one surface that is rarely debated is brick. Painting and whitewashing exterior brick always involves spraying.

Typically, the trim and doors are hand-brushed. However, brushing siding is a costly task. Hand brushing typically takes over 2 coats of paint for full coverage, but combining spraying and back brushing will help mitigate the cost.

The significant advantage of hand brushing is the ability to force the paint into hairline surface cracks where caulking is not used. This method is advantageous for delaminating siding.

Spraying vs. Brushing Masonite Siding

Masonite lap siding is commonly recommended for a hand-brushed job. Hand brushing helps preserve the siding by pushing paint into every lap, and it will seal the edge of each board where Masonite tends to swell and expand due to water damage.


Spraying siding will be cheaper, and painting will be completed faster. However, spraying also demands more time to cover areas, set up, and clean paint sprayers. Spraying also requires more paint due to overspray.

Spraying vs. Brushing When Changing Exterior Paint Colors

The passive is that spraying paint often only requires one coat for repaints and two coats for color changes. It also provides a smooth finish free of brush strokes and roller marks. Spraying is more versatile and can be used on many different surfaces, providing an even finish with very little paint stipple.

Often, hand brushing requires two coats to ensure a thick and even finish.

Project Type

When deciding whether to spray or brush, there are a few factors to consider. If your project is small, it may be easier to brush. Due to its efficiency, spraying may be a better option if you have a tight timeline.


Lastly, consider the type of paint and how spraying or brushing will affect its appearance. Brushing leaves marks, which are exacerbated on satin finishes. Spraying will leave a smoother finish.

So, smoother surfaces will benefit from a sprayed finish.

Thinking of Painting Your Home?

Do you still have questions about spraying vs. brushing? We provide professional exterior painting and aim to make our customers feel as comfortable as possible for each project from beginning to end.

We provide services to the Raleigh, NC, Cary, and greater Triangle areas.

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