Written by Virginia of Live Love DIY
One of my favorite parts of blogging is the emails/comments ya’ll send me. For two reasons. #1: Although I’m usually pretty outgoing, I’m a big introvert at heart, and sometimes wearing XXL sweatpants and hiding under my bed sounds like a fine way to spend the day. But, then I read your emails, and I’m reminded of how much I love blogging and why I can’t just live under my bed in sweatpants.
Basically, your emails prevent me from becoming Gollum.
And that’s how we transition from Gollum to spray paint. You saw it here first, folks.
Basically, it’s one of life’s most precious gifts.
So don’t spray paint your fork.
- Go outside in a well ventilated area. Wear a paint respirator. Wave at the neighbors who look at you like you’ve escaped from the set of Breaking Bad.
- Shake the spray paint can for a few minutes.
- Aim the can away from the item you’re painting, push down the nozzle, and start the stream of spray paint. The first spray out of the can usually spatters and you won’t want that spatter on your item.
- Move the stream of paint onto your item, keeping it about 6-8 inches away, and move back and forth in a smooth, rapid motion, spraying it from every angle. When spray painting outside, I often put my items on a big piece of cardboard that I can rotate without having to touch the item.
- Apply 2-3 very light coats of spray paint, allowing each coat to completely dry in between. If you apply the paint too heavy, it will drip. If you don’t allow the coats to dry in between, the paint will bubble. So, just remember…several light coats + allowing paint to fully dry in between coats = perfect paint job.
Not always. This one is kind of a judgement call. I never sand small decorative items. I just spray paint them and call it a day. But, sometimes when I spray paint small furniture, I might scuff it lightly with some fine grit and then prime it first before spray painting. Also, if there is any old varnish or if something needs smoothed out on a piece of furniture, sanding can provide you with a fresh start.
So, small items = no. Furniture = It’s up to you, girl.
6. Should I prime before painting?
In my experience, although primer is supposed to help with durability and adhesion, I don’t find it necessary on most items. Spray paint is oil based, so it adheres really well on its own. Although, if you’re in doubt, it can’t hurt to prime.
Primer sidenote: If you’re ever looking for a really pretty flat gray spray paint with blue undertones, just use basic gray primer. Remember that one time when I discovered the awesomeness of gray primer…and then temporarily ruined that desk with what followed?
I rarely ever use a topcoat when spray painting. Mostly because the majority of the items I spray paint are smaller decorative items, not furniture, and the spray paint alone provides enough durability. If you are spray painting furniture and find that you just really want an extra layer of durability, I recommend using Rust-Oleum Clear Gloss Spray Paint (affiliate link). It can also be used over flat spray paint to make it glossy. But, really, you don’t usually need a topcoat for spray paint.
8. How do I choose a sheen?
Some colors of spray paint are offered in different finishes, usually flat, satin, semi-gloss, and gloss. Basically the only difference is how shiny they are. You can tell by the lid on the can what the finish will look like.
It’s usually a pretty great indicator,
unlike that little square on top of every single box of hair dye ever.
I don’t use primer very much, or topcoats, but there are a few other products out there that are totally worth buying because they actually make spray painting easier.
My favorite is the spray paint handle (affiliate link). I get much better results when using a a spray paint handle than I do when using my bare hand. I don’t use it every single time, but if you are spray painting something large (like a piece of furniture), the handle makes it a lot easier.
Although the manhands look strong, they are very dainty indeed.
Another product I recently found are these little painter’s pyramids. They apparently hold up to 200 lbs and elevate your item while you spray paint. I say ‘apparently’ because I have yet to try them out, but I though they looked like a pretty cool idea.
Last but not least, let’s talk about my favorite paints. There are tons of different brands of spray paint on the market, and I’m pretty sure I’ve tried them all. Or at least most.
The ones I like the best are Rust-Oleum and Krylon. They’re affordable, the colors are great, and the quality is usually pretty consistent.
I use the metallic colors the most, and the ones in the below picture are my favorite.
Now congratulate yourself on a job well done.
You just made it through the longest post known to mankind.
You complete me.‘Til next time!
P.S. Oh yeah, and if you still haven’t had your fill of spray paint talk, go here.