You can use spray paint for a lot of things whether you’re upcycling an old piece of furniture or creating a great work of graffiti art. Spray paint is also super easy to use all you need to do is point and spray but everyone technique can be improved a little with a few tips and tricks.
1. Use a Handle
It will improve your spray painting experience dramatically, it will prevent you from getting paint all over your hands so you won’t have to be scrubbing at your hands for days afterwards to try to remove the remnants of your project. Without a handle you might also get cramp in your hand so save yourself the pain, handles are really inexpensive and are easily picked up online.
2. Read the Label
Now this seems pretty obvious but it’s the truth, some spray paints aren’t suitable for all surfaces and some paints are only suitable for one type of material. Also, each manufacturer or brand is not the same and so their formulas different, each manufacturer will have researched and tested how to use their product to get the best results.
3. Don’t Just Point and Spray
To get an even coat you should always keep your can moving in a sweeping motion, don’t just point and start spraying because you’ll end up spraying in one place for too long and this will cause the paint to run and build up all in one place. The best distance to hold your can from the object that you’re spraying is 8 to 10 inches.
4. Use a Protective Sheet
As spray paint is, well, a spray it could go anywhere even though you do have a certain level of control over the direction that it is heading and because it’s liquid it will soak through anything such as newspaper. Avoid staining anything from your paint going through any protective paper you put down and use a large plastic sheet, you can get very inexpensive sheets from a DIY shop or online.
5. Be Safe!
You should never forget about your safety, spray painting should only ever be carried out in well ventilated areas while wearing a protective respirator mask.
6. Always Do a Test
Spray a piece of scrap wood or thick card to see how the paint sprays out of the can. This is always a good idea if you’re using a brand new can or even if you’re using a can you’ve had for a while, this allows you to check if the cap is blocked or if the spray is very powerful. Knowing how the paint leaves the can means you can adjust your technique accordingly so you can be confident that you’re going to get the best result possible.