SPRAY PAINT TIPS
Updated: Jan 11, 2021
Spray paint is an easy and affordable way to cover up some painting works. You can spray paint pretty much anything, but an apparently simple spray paint job can quickly go south if performed badly. Drips, and uneven coverage are all well-known problems that can be evaded if you review your time and know what you’re up to.
The signs of a bad spray-paint job are obvious to recognize. Lines of irregular coverage, paint buildup in the edges, a stray hair in the surface etc. Gravest of all is the dreaded run, an obvious sign that the painter used too heavy a layer. We have got some tips for you to on how to spray paint to get a regular, uniform finish on your next job.
Cover up yourself Wear some gloves to keep your hands clean and also a mask to be safe of all those toxic chemicals in the spray paint. Also, wear old clothes as spray paint travels quite far and leave you surprised.
Cover up surroundings Before commencing the work, you must cover all the furniture, equipment etc near the painting area. You can use clothes, newspapers or plastic sheets to do so. If you don't cover it all up then at the end you will see each and everything in the vicinity of the painting area is covered up with thin layers of the spray paint. So, be careful as it is better to be careful than sorry.
Opt a well-ventilated area Try to avoid direct sunlight and a day that is not too airy to avoid dust and rubble from flowing onto the wet paint. If you decide to do it indoor then make sure doors and winds are open and all nearby furniture, equipment etc must be properly covered.
Before starting a painting job, review your job. If you can disassemble into smaller parts without too much trouble, then go for it. It will be much better to achieve even coverage, uniform paint and easiness. But be careful while dismantling it so that you don't forget about where to fix back dismantled parts.
Clean the surface
To make sure the Paint to stick to the surface, avoid dusty or unclean surfaces. Thoroughly clean the surface to clean off any dirt and debris that might be clinging to the surface to be painted.
You can use a wet cloth or use a cleaner to clean your surface depending upon the dirt. Do not forget to dry it well before spray painting.
If there is any gluey debris on the surface, such as the traces of a price tag, abrade off the traces and then use a cleaner to eliminate the residue.
You may want to use sandpaper to even out uneven surfaces. This will help to create a uniform and stable finish when you spray paint the object.
When there is Grain there must be a Primer
Grainy or Rough textures in the object to be painted manage to show its presence in the majority of the spray paints, resulting in a textured surface that leaves an impression of unfinished work. If you ever have come across painting something like plywood, use high-build primers. Such primers are commonly available as a filler and sandable primers. They’re more viscous but still dry quickly so that you can use several coats in a comparatively shorter period.
Read the Directions!
Very few individuals worry to read the directions on the can. If the manufacturer says to apply a coat or start with a primer, apparently there would be a good reason for it. One of the most significant information is the drying time between coats. Usually, you can apply a second coat soon afterward. But if you miss that window, you may have to wait a long time to apply the next coat.
Apply in Different Directions
To achieve the evenest coverage, it's a good idea to put on consequent coats in different directions. Altering directions will help you get into all those areas and lessen the chance of zebra lines.