Did You Know About These 3 Spray Paint Techniques?
Spray paint is a versatile tool for any DIYer. To get the most out of your spray paint project, it’s important that you understand some basic techniques.
Spray Painting on a Large SurfaceOne of the most appealing aspects of spray paint is that you can cover a large surface quickly with little to no paint lines in the finished product. You'll need to follow a few steps to get professional-looking results.
Start by making sure the surface is clean and dry. Any dirt, dust, or rust can create areas of discoloration and texture issues. It's wise to sand* down rough or glossy surfaces before painting. Once the surface is clean, and you’ve shaken your spray paint can for one to two minutes, you’re ready to start applying the product.
Contrary to what you may have heard, holding the can close to the surface isn’t the best way to get a bolder color. Instead, you’ll want to hold the nozzle 6-10 inches away from the surface while applying even pressure.
Use your entire arm to move the can, not just your wrist. If you’re painting a large surface, there will be some overlap between your passes, and that’s completely normal. Finally, allow time to apply at least three layers.
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How to Apply Spray Paint to Small SurfacesSpray paint can also work wonders if you want to breathe new life into a small item. Just as you would when working on a large surface, start by cleaning the item and shaking your paint.
When you apply paint to a small item, you’ll want to limit the amount of excess paint that blows around. The solution is to make your own paint booth with a cardboard box that is a bit larger than the item you’re painting. Simply put the item inside and stay 6-10 inches away as you apply the paint. It's also important to paint horizontally. If you spray vertically — up or down on the object — gravity will give you drips that are especially noticeable on small surfaces.
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How to Get a Smooth FinishNo matter the size or type of surface, it's important to spray in steady and even passes. This will help give full coverage and a smooth finish. Always let the paint dry before adding a coat. Otherwise, you could end up with a bumpy finish. One of the best features of Glidden Max-Flex is its ability to dry within five minutes. This significantly reduces the time you have to wait between adding coats.
Using spray paint is one of the quickest ways to refresh an old surface. However, it’s important to understand that different types of items require some modification to your technique. In addition to using the right technique, it’s important that you use high-quality products to give your items that professional look that you’re going for. Make sure to check out our selection of quality spray paints that you can use to give any surface a new look.
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Always use spray paint in a well-ventilated area.
*WARNING! If you scrape, sand, or remove old paint, you may release lead dust. LEAD IS TOXIC. EXPOSURE TO LEAD DUST CAN CAUSE SERIOUS ILLNESS, SUCH AS BRAIN DAMAGE, ESPECIALLY IN CHILDREN. PREGNANT WOMEN SHOULD ALSO AVOID EXPOSURE. Wear a NIOSH-approved respirator to control lead exposure. Clean up carefully with a HEPA vacuum and a wet mop. Before you start, find out how to protect yourself and your family by contacting the National Lead Information Hotline at 1-800-424-LEAD or log on to www.epa.gov/lead.