Tips to Select and Use Spray Paint

Painting with a brush takes a lot of time, but you can seek a suitable alternative to that – spray paint. Nowadays, they have faster dry times; provide prevention from rust, and have great durability as well.

Choose the Right Spray Paint

  • For appliances, metal cabinets, and outdoor tables, use enamel it provides an extremely hard finish. Use it for recoating and touch-ups too.
  • Plastic should be used for items like planters, lawn chairs, and mailboxes. The job will take an hour or two and you can mix colors for decorative appeal.
  • High Heat is ideally used for grills, stoves or radiators but is strictly prohibited for interior surfaces exposed to flames, which means you can’t apply it to the inside of these appliances.
  • To get the look of etched glass on mirrors and doors, use the Frosted version, which can be paired with stencils for a customized decorative look.
  • For children’s rooms, Chalkboard is perfect. It can be used for coating poster board, metal or wood and other types of surfaces for a clean-erase finish.
  • To get a high luster finish, you should apply Lacquer in many coats. It can be applied on all kinds of items, especially furniture. Urethane coatings can be used over stains or as a protective finish (available in gloss, semi-gloss or satin).
  • Some types of finishes belong to the Specialty section which include metallic, reflective, antique or stone or patinas like verdigris, hammered or rust.

Using the Paint

  • Clean the item, rinse, and dry. If there is rust on it, lightly sand away and prime the affected areas.
  • Each type of spray paint has different instructions so ensure you know about recommended surface prep and dry times.
  • You can use a cardboard box with a top, bottom and three sides or build a frame surrounded by plastic stapled in place, as a booth in case of overspray. The best room for doing spray painting is the garage.
  • Use the paint in short bursts so that the drips and overspray is lessened. Apply lighter coats and let it dry thoroughly between coats.
  • Larger items should be worked upon in sections. Use plastic primer for plastic items and prepare surfaces using paint thinner.