It’s not uncommon to see a spraying project or two around here at Settling in Sawdust. In fact, it’s one of our go-to tricks when trying to make something over, even our own kitchen! It’s easy, it’s inexpensive and, if done correctly, can bring tired old pieces back to life. While you might be thinking, so what, anybody can spray paint. True, but not everyone can spray paint correctly. Ever tried to spray paint a project envisioning one thing and having it turn out completely wrong? Turns out there are actually techniques you need to know to spray paint correctly, and I’m going to let you in how to spray paint like a pro (with video)!
Thankfully, Phillip had a few pieces he was refinishing and didn’t mind me pretending to be paparazzi for an afternoon. I even filmed one of the refinishing projects as our VERY FIRST blog video to go along with these professional tips. Hopefully, you guys will enjoy it and give me an excuse to make more of those!
Anyways back to spray painting…
I was in the school of thought that was always thought, spray painting is so easy anybody can do it. And while this is true, it wasn’t until a few trial and errors and my husband, who has been spray painting anything he could get his hands on since he could walk, taught me that while anyone can spray paint, not everyone can spray paint correctly. Yea, there’s actually a technique to spray painting, who knew?! And if you’ve ever had a project where the final piece bubbled up, or the finish was rough and uneven, then you know this to be true too.
So how do to get that professional quality look?
The good news is that it isn’t super hard to achieve a professional look when spray painting, but it does take a little bit more time.
Tip #1: Start with a clean slate: Whenever you’re taking a new piece and adding spray paint to it you want to make sure to prepare the piece first. This could mean sanding, stripping, cleaning or all of the above depending on what kind of surface you’re working with.
Tip #2: Prep the paint before use: a common mistake is to take a new can of spray paint, shake it for a quick second and start using it right away. The reason this doesn’t work is because it doesn’t allow the paint in the can to mix properly, and that’s how you end up with the rough texture, rather than a smooth finish after the paint dries. So do you fix that? It’s easy! Each time you want to open a new can of spray paint, take your paint, hold it upside down, and shake it for two minutes. This will ensure your paint is properly mixed, and give you a decide arm workout! 😉
Tip #3: Paint in continuous straight lines: to avoid any messy paint jobs, or spraying too much or too little, spray your paint in horizontal lines going from left to right and then from right to left. Make sure to spray in one continuous spray to avoid any uneven areas in the paint.
Tip #4: Overlap your spray lines: when painting your continuous paint lines, each time you spray back and forth, make sure to slightly overlap the previous spray. This will ensure an evenly coated project. It minimizes the potential for areas to get too much paint which could lead to dripping or pooling, or areas having too little paint and have differences in coloring on the overall project.
Tip #5: Start and finish by spraying away from the project: to ensure you have an even coat of paint, begin each horizontal spray by starting the spray away from your project. This allows a more even coating. Continue spraying past your project. This will provide an even coat and prevent runs, blotches, and thin areas.
Bonus Tip: Always make sure to reference the back of your spray paint can for drying times and recoat times.
And there you have it! These 6 tips will have you spray painting like a professional in no time!
Hope you guys have an amazing weekend full of exciting plans and maybe a fun project or two.
See you Monday!