I’ve painstakingly had many mishaps with spray painting. So many projects gone wrong because of too little patience (yes, I admit that I have
no little patience). Either the paint runs, looks uneven, or results in being plain ole’ blotchy. Even though, I enjoy DIY projects, spray painting is really not my thing, yet I want to know what I am doing wrong!
Solution? Ask the experts!
I’ve connected with a few other bloggers that I know will share their secrets and expert advice to make a project worthy of displaying using spray paint.
The fun and fabulous, Beckie of Infarrantly Creative, is always up for a revamp using spray paint and her Roadkill Rescues, soak it up!! This amazing Light End Table was completely transformed using some love and of course, spray paint.
My number one step to successful spray painting is to start with a great surface. Don’t just start spraying. Do the work necessary to ensure you have your surface prepped properly. Make sure you sand your piece down with a fine grit sandpaper. After you spray prime it, sand it again. This will ensure you start with a great surface. Believe me, you will be way happier with the results if you take the time upfront to prep your surface for painting.
Brittany recommends using:
Light coats of spray paint about 8-10 inches away from the surface. The trick with spray paint is to use several light coats instead of trying to cover all at once. This will insure an even finish. You also don’t want to end or stop on the piece you are spraying. I use a smooth consistent sweep across the chair and then release the trigger after my spray has left the chair. If you stop on the chair, you will either get a shiny spot or drips where the extra paint has collected. Here is a graphic to show you how to spray your paint.
Between coats, Brittany VERY lightly sanded the chair to avoid any “rough spots”, then gently wiped it down with a damp cloth. Once the project is complete, she recommends applying two coats of polyurethane to seal the finish.
Angie and Carrie over at 221 Vision are the best of friends, but work differently and have experience with different products, yet they both LOVE spray paint. Let’s take a look at their techniques ~
I will admit, I am intimidated by an electirc sprayer. I stand in home depot reading about all the sprayers and walk away with can spray paint each and every time. Personally, I love can spray paint. I even use can KILZ for priner. It is easy, convenient, and fast…just the way I like my projects. Not all can spray paints are the same and I’ve made the mistae of buying cheaper spray paint only to make several trips back o the store because the can was empty before the project was finished.
My best advice is to buy quality spray paint that gives great coverage. My personal favorite is Rusto-oleum Spray Paint. It guarantees 2x the coverage and sprays even every time. They also carry gorgeous colors to get your creative juices flowing. I’ve spray painted our bedroom headboard, a goodwill find/turned media cabinet, a fun frame for my daughter’s flowers, and even dresser handles. My favorite color is Rust-oleum Heirloom White. It is the perfect creamy white in a satin finish that is absolutely gorgeous.
While Carrie is a wee-bit apprehensive to use the spray gun, it’s Angie’s (2nd) best friend. Here is what Angie has to say:
I discovered the Wagner Project Sprayer months ago and now use it for all my small projects like painting or staining furniture. With most paint sprayers, it is necessary to fill the tank with quite a bit of paint so that the paint tube can reach and spray correctly. With the Wagner Project Sprayer, less paint is required which is really helpful with small projects. Another benefit is that it is light weight and easy to hold since it is about half the weight of a typical hand held sprayer.
Another tip (for any brand paint sprayer) is to run the sprayer filled with water after using to help clean the insides of the machine.
The truly sensational Kate of Centsational Girl is a pro at everything! She has spray painted just about everything – plastic, glass, wood, fiberglass, mirror, metal, ribbon, laminate.
- Shake shake shake. Shake shake shake. Shake your spray can. Shake your spray can.
- Always spray 7 inches away from your piece, and move back and forth in a rapid motion.
- Two thin coats is better than one thick coat – you risk drips.
- Start your spray in an inconspicuous spot in case it spatters out of the can.
- Quality varies, so I mostly use Rustoleum brand spray paints.
- Always wear a mask, disposable or otherwise. Have you seen the warning label on a can of spray paint? Couldn’t be more toxic.
- Dispose of your cans properly at a toxic waste disposal sites.
Beth from The Stories of A to Z is a fabulous DIYer, but like me, says she lacks a bit patience at times… I beg to differ though because these chalkboard and silver pinecone ornaments came out fabulous using spray paint!
Here is the result:
I’m actually pretty horrible at spray painting because I’m uber impatient! To get a smooth finish you need to do tons of light coats by spraying across your surface and then releasing the trigger and letting it dry. I tend to be a bit trigger happy and rarely release which causes drips. I also recommend being nice to your lungs by investing in a good respirator!
Viv from The V Spot has a major love for spray paint – - she even has an entire category of spray painting projects… One of her projects that I was blown away by were these tissue paper pom poms that she spray painted…Incredible!
And this chandelier makeover was also quite amazing!
Since Viv is so experienced with spray painting, she’s got some great advice:
My motto is that I will spray paint anything that will stand still long enough!
My best advice is that you shouldn’t let yourself be hamstrung by preconceived notions about what you can or cannot paint. Look at everything through the lens of “what if I painted this?” and you will be able to see the hidden potential in almost everything. (Especially in items you already have and can then re-purpose).
I have painted flowers and berries (both real and fake), sticks and twigs, furniture, ceramics and fabric. It’s just paint… don’t be afraid… just try it. What’s the worst that could happen?
Thanks so much to Beckie, Brittany, Carrie, Angie, Kate, Beth, and Viv for your expert advice on Spray Painting!
After all this amazing advice, I have no more excuses not to start spray painting. I have a desk re-do that I need to tackle ASAP and I’m going to attempt to use spray paint.
Wish me luck. Happy Spray Painting!
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