Are you looking to find ways to give new life and reinvent some of your furniture pieces or maybe something you got from a flea market? You might want to try your hand at spray painting! It’s a very affordable and easy way to spruce up your stuff – from furniture to decorative pieces or even a mural, spray paint might be your best bet. However, without proper knowledge, spray painting could easily go wrong – an uneven paint job or drips are some issues you might encounter, so read on to find out how you can spray paint (even if this is your first time) and avoid these blunders.
What to Prep for Spray Paint Job
Before you start your spray painting job, here are some things you need to prepare:
- Prepare your paint – if you want your paint to last long, buy high-quality spray paint.
- Sponge and water – if you spray paint a dusty or dirty surfaces, make sure to clean them first so that paint will stick.
- Tape/Plastic – cover up and protect the section you don’t want the paint to get on. Put a plastic and tape it over.
- Sandpaper – if you’re spray painting wood, it would make a difference to sand it first before you apply your spray paint.
- Mask/Safety Goggles – protect yourself from inhaling fumes from the paint by wearing a mask. Safety goggles will also come in handy, especially if you’re spray painting tall or high areas.
How To Spray Paint
Are you ready to take some do-it-yourself projects that require spray painting? Here is a guide on how you can spray paint like a pro:
Get Your Products – prepare all your materials and tools before you start your project. If you are unsure about some materials, especially spray paint, you can ask your local paint store, and they will happily guide and help you with the paint or materials you’ll be needing.
Work Outside – if you‘re painting furniture pieces or decor, it is much better to work outside. This way, you won’t smell all the fumes from the spray paint. It also helps to dry the paint faster. However, if your project is inside your house (spray painting wall, etc.), open your windows. And if you have a fan, turn it on to let air circulate.
Shake Well – to maximize the color of your spray paint, shake it well before as well as when you are using it. You’ll get an even application by doing so.
Primer – coat your wall first or furniture with primer. Coating your piece with primer, it will help the spray paint go on smoothly. It will also help you save a few coats of spray paint.
Don’t Spray Too Closely – do a couple of spray tests before you officially paint your project. Don’t spray too close or too far, the best distance is about 6 to 8 inches away from the surface. Remember to take a few thin coats of paint instead of a thick coat.
Dry Your Paint – like any other painting job, dry your paint thoroughly. If you think that some of your coats are uneven, respray it after 24 hours or after the paint is dried completely.
Now that you know how to spray paint, what projects are you planning to do? Share them below and leave a comment on what you’d like to read next.
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