Spray Paint Basics – On the House

Spray Paint Basics

By on June 30, 2014

shutterstock_30151084What’s colorful, and easy? Spray paint!

If you find something you like but hate the color…..no worries, head for the spray a paint and select your favorite color! Before you start here are a few basics for you novices.

Spray Paint  Basics:

Buy the correct paint for your project: General purpose, decorative or craft paint, rust prevention, plastic. Be sure to read the labels carefully before you buy.



Work in a well-ventilated area

Wear a mask and gloves

Ideally, temperatures should be between 50°F and 90°F, and relative humidity is below 85%.

Avoid painting in direct sunlight and hot, humid weather.

Make sure what you are painting is clean and dry

Use a primer whenever possible

Remove rust with a wire brush

Shake can well

Don’t spray too close or too much.

Always begin and finish spraying off the object, using an even side-to-side motion with each pass overlapping your spray pattern by about one-third.

Take your time. Use thin, multiple coats instead of one thick coat

Avoid overspray

Clean spray paint valve after use

Turn can upside down and spray for 5 seconds. This helps prevent the spray tip from clogging

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