10 spray painting tips

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Here is my list of 10 spray painting tips. These are tips that I have found to work well for me. They are by no means the only way to spray paint an item.

  • Prepare your spray paint can by giving it a good shaking for at least two minutes.
  • Protect your work surface by covering it with a large piece of cardboard.
  • Elevate the item you are painting by raising it slightly off of the cardboard with scrap pieces of wood or old boxes.
  • Put on your safety gear (painter’s mask/ventilator, long sleeves and pants, goggles and latex gloves). Be sure to work outdoors or in a very well ventilated area. Your health and safety is the most important thing when spray painting!
  • Optional: Attach your spray paint trigger handle to your spray paint can (make sure your spray can nozzle is pointing outwards). I use Rust-Oleum’s Comfort Grip Spray Painting Tool. It makes painting so much easier and saves your fingers from cramping up!
  • Give your paint can a shake again right before use and then test out your paint color on your cardboard to make sure it is the right color and that the spray can is working correctly.
  • Keep your spray paint can at least 12-16 inches away from the item you are painting.
  • Squeeze your paint handle while moving your arm back in forth in a uniform motion coating one side of your item evenly before moving on to the next. Preferably work from top to bottom and shake your paint can in between coats.
  • 1-3 light even coats of paint will give you better results than one thick coat of paint. It will also prevent runs and drips from occurring.
  • Leave your project to dry for at least 10-15 minutes before re-coating or handling. If it feels dry to the touch it is ready to re-coat. Preferably leave it to dry overnight before coating it with two to three coats of topcoat for protection.
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10 spray painting tips