Following a few easy tips can help you to make sure you get a project result to be proud of with your can of spray paint.



Some Useful Tips for Using Spray Paint

By: Noah Haswell

Using a can of spray paint is not always as easy as it looks. If you don't know the tips and tricks to spray painting, you can end up with a project that doesn't look good. Or, you end up fighting with clogged nozzles. Sometimes you get paint all over yourself. These tips will help you do the best possible job without making too much of a mess.

  • Always spray in ventilated area. Inhaling spray paint can make you feel goofy (it's why some people "huff" it), but that's just not good for your body.
  • Wear the appropriate protection. This includes a long-sleeved shirt, a mask over your nose and face, a hat and goggles. You should also wear gloves: this makes clean up a lot easier, as your fingers won't be covered with paint.
  • Try to paint on a clear day with low humidity and wind. Paint dries faster when there's little or no humidity in the air. Moderate breeze or higher winds will blow dust and dirt all over your freshly painted surface.
  • Clean your project before you paint. Sweep or wash off dust, dirt and other debris so that your coats of paint will be smooth and even.
  • Spray paint does not work well on every type of surface. Read the label to find out if the type of paint is right for your project.
  • Find out if you need to use a primer on your project. Some projects need that base coat; others do not. Make sure that your surface gets the right treatment.
  • Make sure that you have enough paint before you start. Driving all the way back to the store to buy a few more cans is annoying, especially when you're almost finished.
  • Shake the can very well before you start spraying. You'll know that the can is ready to use when the metal ball inside rattles continuously for several seconds or longer.
  • "Sweep" your project with the spray paint. Use a continuous, fluid motion back and forth across the surface. In fact: make sure that you paint "past" both sides. This way, you end up with a smooth and even coat of paint without runs or puddles.
  • Several light coats dry faster - and look better - than one or two thick coats. Your first few coats won't look very good because the original surface will still show through the paint. Let each coat dry completely and apply another: soon your project will look great.
  • Lastly, if your hand gets tired, use your thumb to push down on the nozzle. This puts your hand in a different position, which should relieve some of the fatigue. You can also use a few handy tools to get the job done faster and more efficiently. Using an Air Compressor would be an ideal tool for this type of painting project.

Now that know the tips and tricks to spray painting, you can work on your project with confidence. Remember that most paint jobs look terrible until they are completely dry, so don't worry too much about the results until you're finished with each coat.

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