I’ve been spray painting for years and years and years. More than I care to remember actually, and long before this blog was even a glint in my repurposing/upcycling eye. And I’ve learned a few things along the way… I hope.
When it comes to the most bang for your decorating buck I love paint of all kinds. Nothing beats the transformative power of a can of paint. A while ago I wrote this post about My Top 10 Painting Tips, and I thought it was about time to share some spray painting tips.
When I want a quick and easy makeover spray painting is my go to choice. Every.single.time.
And it rarely fails me, and these days there are so many different types that you can spray paint almost anything.
Here’s my list of top 10 spray painting tips.
1. Read all the instructions on the can before starting. Use a a magnifying glass if you have to. (I resemble that remark.) There are many different types of spray paint and they may vary in application and drying time.
2. Use cardboard boxes. Cardboard boxes are great backdrops for pieces of all sizes and I get free boxes at the grocery store. Also, whenever we purchase anything large I always confiscate the box for spray painting purposes.
3. Wear a painting mask. To avoid inhaling overspray. I know a lot of people who don’t do this, but trust me when I say that when the hairs inside your nose feel sticky that is not a good thing.
4. Spray in a well ventilated area. Preferably outside on a nice calm day. NEVER spray inside the house. The smell and fumes will travel into every room, and it doesn’t smell like scented candles. Also, pets tend to be more affected by this than humans.
5. Protect your spray finger. Use a flexible plastic thimble so your spray finger stays clean and trigger-dent-free.
6. Avoid drips by doing light coats. Two or three light coats is better than one heavy one. Do one even coat over the whole surface and let dry thoroughly before moving on to the next coat.
7. Keep it moving. Staying in one place for too long will cause drips and uneven coverage. Sweep across your project slowly and shake the can often.
8. Spin that project. Using a lazy susan for small projects lets you easily turn them so you can do each coat over the entire piece. This saves time, and keeps you from moving the piece when the paint is wet… thus avoiding painted fingers.
Here’s one of several that I use. I cover them with newspaper before starting.
9. Have patience. I don’t usually do projects when I can’t take my time because I tend to hurry through them and often the outcome will be less than almost perfect.
I’m ok with less than perfect, but less than almost perfect is where I draw the line. lol. Almost perfect is our motto around here and I’m always ok with that.
Plus, if I’m hurrying I’m not really living in the creative moment and getting the full enjoyment of what I’m doing… which beings me to my last tip.
10. Have fun and don’t stress. I’m a true believer that any project can be fun. It’s all about attitude. For me it’s about being grateful that I have the opportunity to do any project at all… and a little classic rock doesn’t hurt either. 🙂
Do you have any tips you’d like to share? I f you do I’d love to hear them.
Thanks so much for reading and until next time…
keep on keepin’ on!