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Brush and Roll Painting: Which Industries Use Which Style of Painting?

People all over the world have used paints for thousands of years throughout history and prehistory. These were often rather simple at first but used many of the same concepts that modern paints use, including pigments and bindings that are still used today. But along with these paints, brushes have also been around for millennia.

But what are some industrial uses for paintbrushes today? Read on for everything you need to know about modern brush and roll painting and how it's used in a wide variety of industries!

What Is Brush and Roll Painting?

Basically, this is the application of paint using brushes or paint rollers, often in broad detail and coverage. These are designed for big picture, rapid painting rather than the minute detail of things like artwork.

Brushes are bristled, handheld tools that can be dipped in paint and then used on a particular surface to apply it. Some brushes are very durable and tough and will give a rougher paint job, while others are less stiff and are made for finer painting. There are even some brushes that can be filled in the handle and have a button to release paint into the bristles!

Rollers can be attached to short or long handles and are designed to quickly cover large areas with a lot of solvent-based paint. You coat the roller with paint and then roll it on the surface that needs covering. It won't get edges or small details very well, but it'll definitely cover a large area faster than anything else!

Some new types of rollers also come with handles that can be filled with paint. You squeeze the trigger, and the roller will coat itself with paint as you use it!

Rollers, in particular, are quite useful in industrial settings. Even if you wear out the roller itself, the handle is still useable, so you just have to pop on a new replaceable roller, and you're good to go! Crews out on the job will only need a few handles and then can just carry replacement rollers with their paints to replace as needed.

And with a paintbrush and roller cleaner, crews can keep reusing their tools over and over if they keep them clean. No more worrying about juggling lots of trash along with your paints!

What Are Some Industrial Uses for Them?

There are quite a few industries that use paintbrushes and rollers for various purposes. Paints, stains, chemicals, and other types of materials all serve important functions for materials and industries. These brushes are there to ensure the paint can get applied easily and quickly!

While this can give an idea of ways industries use these materials for painting, there are plenty more applications than those listed here. For example, other types of brushes are often used for other purposes, such as home and building renovations.


One of the biggest uses of our types of paintbrushes and rollers is for stenciling. As with other kinds of painting, stenciling has a long and storied history dating back thousands of years and spanning all parts of the globe.

Stenciling is the idea of blocking out certain areas of a surface with some material and then painting over the rest. Ancient peoples used their own bodies to make stencil outlines of their hands, while others used wood, metal, and other materials to make designs. They would then paint over the entire area, and when the hand or materials were peeled away, there would be a fanciful design!

Today, industries of all types use stencils and stencil inks for a wide variety of purposes. Stencils are great for labels, which is why so many packaging, shipping, and manufacturing plants use stencil paints, brushes, and rollers.

They will often place a stencil on a box, create, or container and then quickly apply the paint to mark it. These markings are helpful for knowing batch numbers, manufacturing dates, and other pertinent information for the materials.

And it doesn't have to be lettering! Companies often get custom-made logos and art for stencils as well. The application process is just as easy once they have the stencil and the brush, and the end result looks quite nice.


Brushes and rollers are also useful in construction. Crews can use stencils to mark buildings quickly for signage, information, and notes as they work.

They can also use rollers to quickly apply paint or other materials to their new constructions. Concrete, for example, often uses sealers or paints to help preserve it. This is especially useful in homes and buildings!

They also sometimes need to paint areas to mark planned changes as well as buried things such as cables, wires, and pipes. Someone can just swipe a few brushstrokes to mark where something needs to go, or as a warning not to cut into that area.

Road Crews

Believe it or not, road construction actually uses quite a bit of paint! The concept of stencils is still used here, albeit on a much larger scale, but oftentimes there is free painting and coating of roadways as well.

One of the biggest use of stencils in roadways is the marking of mile markers, exits, and other instructions on the roadway. Highways need exit markings, and roadways need lines to mark the boundaries of the road. Rollers are very useful for this!

Welding and Metals

Metalworking also frequently uses paints and brushes. This is important both for marking and stenciling the metals, as well as applying coats of paint and other chemicals to the metal. Brushes are typically better than rollers for a lot of metals, particularly rough metals or welds that might tear a roller.

As with crates and packages, metal often needs to be marked to denote when and where they came from, or even where they need to go. Stencils and brushes are great for labeling beams, sheets, and other metals, and provide a uniform look that's easy to read when people need to read the information.

Brushes are also great for applying paint, stains, and sealants to metals. Raw metals often have some sort of coating before they're used in construction or other industries. Industrial brushes are great for applying these coats without wearing out your materials!

Learn More About Paints and Brushes

Now you know a bit more about brush and roll painting, but these industries are just the start! There are plenty of other applications for this type of industrial or commercial painting, and people are constantly finding innovative new ways to adapt these existing materials for new uses.

Commercial painting services, the entertainment industry, and many others are just the start of all the ways these tools can be used.

If you'd like to know more about industrial paints, or you'd like to order some for your workplace, contact us! We'd be happy to walk you through our options and help you find the best materials for your job.


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