Friday, June 1, 2012

The Right Way To Use Spray Paint

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Spray painting is a GREAT way to give new life and a new look to an old object, but before you get started with any project, it's important to be prepared and know the proper techniques so that you have the best results possible. Read on for some helpful tips and techniques to help you avoid things like runs, bubbling, and poor adhesion.

Before You Begin

Pick a good day to paint! Things such as extreme cold or heat and humidity can cause less than desirable results, so be sure to paint in good weather and out of direct hot sunlight and never when it's humid outside. Between 60 to 85 degrees is the perfect temperature to paint.

Safety First! Always paint in a well-ventilated area and be sure to wear protective gloves, a painting mask, and safety glasses. I prefer to paint outside because I can't stand paint fumes.

Prep & Prime Your Surface Clean all surfaces that you are going to paint. Make sure everything is thoroughly dry before painting. Using a primer such as Kilz sealer-primer before painting will give you better final results.

Invest in a spray paint hand gun. Available at most hardware stores, these handy tools are a worthwhile investment!

Follow the directions! Before you begin, be sure to thoroughly read through all manufacturer's directions and safety precautions. Use a good quality paint! Also, make sure you shake the can as directed on the label, usually for two minutes before you begin.

How To Apply Spray Paint

Distance yourself! Don't get too close or you will land up with drips or uneven coverage. Try to stay about 10 to 12 inches away from your project when spraying, and using a sweeping motion, spray in one direction only, not back and forth.

Easy Does It! Use several thin coats of paint. Never use one thick coat, or you will land up with drips and runs. The directions on the can should instruct you as to the amount of time you should wait before you apply an additional coat of paint. Once you are finished painting, invert the can and spray upside down for a few seconds to clear the nozzle. 

What do you think about spray painting?
Feel free to share any of your own tips or techniques for spray painting below!

I hope you have a great week 
Love, Laura

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