How to spray paint like a pro

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12 Sep 2013

Being able to spray paint properly allows you to revamp or transform a wide range of objects, from décor accessories to furniture. Secondhand finds, hand-me-downs, and dated or drab furniture can easily and affordably become favourite pieces simply with a coat or two of spray paint. 

Before using spray paint you need to make sure that the contents are thoroughly mixed so shake the can for at least a minute.

What you need

So what supplies do you need for a professional spray painting project? First and foremost you will need a can or two of  spray paint, which costs around R80 per can.

How to make it work

Breathing space

When using spray paint it's essential to work in a well-ventilated space or outdoors. But if you do work outdoors, choose a day that isn't too windy, as the spray will be blown away.

Shake it up

Before using spray paint you need to make sure that the contents are thoroughly mixed so shake the can for at least a minute.

Always hold the can at least 20 centimetres away from the surface of the object you are spraying.

If you don't shake it up well, you could end up with paint splotches or differences in colour.

Keep your distance

Always hold the can at least 20 centimetres away from the surface of the object you are spraying. Having the spray too close will result in the paint running due to excess paint.  

Practise makes perfect

Practise your spraying technique if you haven't used spray paint before.

It's important to spray from side to side at an even space and slightly overlapping the rows. If you go too fast or leave the can pointing at one spot too long, you’ll get an uneven finish, or too much paint in one area.

Give old photo frames new life with a simple coat or two of spray paint.

Spray with long, even strokes and don't try to cover it all with the first coat. A second coat is much better than drips that you'll have to sand off.

Pay close attention to corners, arms, legs or ornate details, because that's where you are likely to get drips.

Initially, it may look stripy but the stripes will be covered as you add the second coat of paint.

The best thing about spray paint compared to regular paint is that it takes less than 10 minutes to dry between coats, making for a quick job. Let each coat dry completely, then assess if you need another coat. 

Proper preparation

In most cases, the item only needs to be clean and dry before spraying. However, I always like to recommend a light sanding with a 180-grit sandpaper beforehand. This provides better adhesion for the paint and provides a long lasting finish.

The instructions provide important information for proper preparation. So, if in any doubt - read the label on the can.  

Say bye-bye to boo-boos

Don't stress too much about mistakes, you can fix up just about any error with a bit of sanding.

There's nothing worse than almost completing the final coat only to have a fly land right in the centre. When this happens, wait for the paint to dry and use a 1 200-grit wet/dry sandpaper. Wet the paper before rubbing on the damaged area and then spray again. 

Article courtesy of www.home-dzine.co.za

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