How To: Spray Paint!

by Rachel

It doesn’t just involve pressing a button and spraying shit down…

In the past few years I have developed somewhat of an obsession (it’s really the only word to describe it) for spray painting things. It just does such an amazing job of making old junk look waaaaaaaaaaay better and there are so many colours out there you could paint your chair aqua and your lamp red and your stool coral and… many many other things.

My number one tip: READ THE INSTRUCTIONS ON THE CAN! Really, I could just end it there because all you need to know is on there.

I’ve spray painted in temperatures below 10 degrees, above 30 and with high humidity. It doesn’t work.

I’ve tried just loading on the spray paint without primer. It doesn’t work.

I’ve tried just shaking the can for 10 seconds instead of 2 minutes. It doesn’t work.

I’ve tried not prepping the surface. It doesn’t work.

I’ve tried spray painting in a non-ventilated area thinking “it won’t be that bad”. It is.

So, in conclusion:

  • Make sure it’s not too hot and not too cold. The paint will do weird things on the surface.
  • Always prime. I prefer a separate primer for metals, plastics and woods that are already finished. 2 in 1 is good for raw wood.
  • SHAKE THE CAN! Just do it. 2 minutes. Put it on a timer (and shake a bit as you go too!).
  • For any wood that’s already finished, give it a bit of a sand just to rough up the surface. The primer will stick better, and thus, the paint will stick better too. Make sure to clean off all the dust, dirt and sticky stuff for a nice smooth finish!
  • If you can’t be in a very well ventilated area, wear a mask. It’s so worth it.
  • Furthermore, make sure your space is well lit! So many times I have spray painted something in my dark garage, got it in the house and situated, then a month later see that I missed spots and it drives me crazy! ESPECIALLY furniture.
  • And lastly, so far, my favourite spray paint and primer is Rustoleum Painter’s Touch.

So before you decide to spray paint, go through the list and be prepared to do all of these things or you may never spray paint again.

Happy Spray Painting!

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