Spray painting is a fun, fast and easy way to complete your projects indoors and out. But before you add that first coat of Krylon® to your project, make sure have prepared your surroundings, your project surface and have adequate ventilation. Take a moment prior to spraying and review these 10 simple tips to ensure your spray painting project is a success!
Spray Painting Tips for Successful Application
Following these simple guidelines will help to ensure a successful finished project.
- A clean, dry surface is important. Ordinary household detergents or mineral spirits usually do the job. Be sure to sand or scrape, if necessary and use a primer whenever possible. Glossy or hard surfaces should be sanded to improve adhesion. Remove rust with a wire brush.
- Use aerosol paints and coatings in good weather, ideally when temperatures are 50°F to 90°F, and relative humidity is below 85%. Avoid painting in direct sunlight and hot, humid weather.
- Be aware of recoat times stated in the directions on the can.
- It’s a good idea to test your paint or spraying techniques in an inconspicuous area before beginning your project. A smooth, even application is important.
- 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 by masking exposed areas with tape or use a drop cloth.
- When painting indoors, always ventilate your room well by opening windows and doors. A fan may also help to keep air circulating.
- Clean spray valve after use by turning can upside down and spraying for 5 seconds. This helps prevent the spray tip from clogging before next use.
- Read directions thoroughly before beginning your project.
Now that you have read these helpful tips, grab your can of Krylon and start spraying!