Finishing a project has become a lot easier when using spray paint as a tool. Not only it dries faster, but it is also effortless and has easily understandable instructions. It is almost every worker’s favorite because it allows them to paint even the smallest part of an object. Also, when you use spray paint the results are a smooth and shiny surface.
However, there is something you must do to get perfect results. Just like it has its strong point, spray paint also has its weaknesses. When using spray paint the pain can drip, crack, or even create little bubbles. But do not worry if you follow these steps that I am about to show, you will most certainly avoid these mistakes and end up with a perfect and smooth surface.
How To Get a Smooth Finish With Spray Paint
Every job requires preparation before starting it. So does spray pain. There are a few tools you need to have before starting.
- Spray cans with the color of your choosing
- Sandpaper sheets
- Primer of your choice
- Mask or respirator
- Old newspaper’s sheets
- Cloth for cleaning
- Painting brushes (how many you need)
- Alcohol or nail polish remover (if it is required to remove old paint)
Spraying paint might be an effortless job although not a quick one. It is a long process that needs proper preparation.
After you have secured the necessary tools for the project it is time to begin painting. If your object on which you have to do the spray paint has been painted before you should first clean it, smooth it, and remove any old paint.
This will ensure a perfect color when you paint it. If it already has a coat of paint you should use sandpaper to take it off. You can also use alcohol or nail polish remover to clean it from that old coat of paint.
The sandpaper can as well be used when trying to smoothen the scratches on the object. It is an important step to smooth the surface of the object from any scratch because when you have finished spray painting the scratches will stand out.
Last, remove any kind of debris from the object. If you paint over debris the surface will come out rough or peel off, as well as, it will leave many areas unpainted. You can remove debris by cleaning it with water and dry it with a clean cloth.
There are many primers you can use. If you are using a primer in a can apply it to the object. If you are using a primer which you have to apply it by yourself, apply it with a brush paint of your choosing. Paint it traditionally and make sure it is applied in every part of the object also the coat should be put evenly.
After you have applied the primer, it must dry for at least 24 hours before applying color paint.
Painting the first coat
Once you have cleaned the object and smoothened its surface, you are ready to start painting. But, before doing that you should, first, test the spray on a newspaper.
Spray paint releases first a hardened paint, afterward comes the wet and paint which you need. Start spraying by being away 12 inches from the object and shake it well before applying it to the object. Spray from one corner horizontally reaching the other.
While working, make sure you shake the can in between each area. This will ensure that the coat comes out evenly painted and the color comes outright.
Clean the nozzle
Spray paint may be effortless and excellent yet there is one flaw that you must be cautious of it. Its nozzle is easily blocked and the longer you use it the more it gets blocked. You can avoid this, before applying another coat, by cleaning the nozzle with water and a clean cloth.
Also, the pain can get hard and create an unpleasant finish. So, once you have cleaned the nozzle try it again in a newspaper until it comes to the soft paint you need for the job.
Panting the second coat
Spray paint indeed dries faster than other kinds of paint, but even spray paint must be waited sometime before applying another coat.
It is required to wait at least 20 minutes for it to dry so the paint does not get cracked or wrinkled. Keep in mind always to shake the can when applying to different areas.
Painted the unpainted areas
Some objects make it hard to paint all the areas. They may have sides which face the floor. What you must do if this happens, let the object dry after you have painted the second coat.
Afterward, place the object facing the floor and the unpainted areas up. Once you have done this, repeat the step mentioned above, so these areas are painted evenly just like the others.
This will take more time but the results will be excellent and all sides will come out evenly painted with the right shade of color.
Different Tips To Get A Smooth Painting Surface
Here are a few things that you should follow to get a smooth surface.
Don’t paint vertically
When you are spray painting and it drips, this is a sign that you have been spraying too much paint on the surface. If you want to ensure a successful paint, start spraying the surfaces that are up and continue from one corner to the other on a horizontal way.
If the object you are working needs to be flipped to paint it, you should be careful when you choose to flip them. In some situations, the paint on one surface may be dried but the cover you are working on may not.
When you flip the object without the paint on the cover not being completely dried, that paint will peel off and stick to the object. It is a difficult thing to clean. Usually, you would have to use sandpaper and re-paint it.
Don’t paint too thick
When painting with spray there is also the risk of the surface getting cracked. This happens because you have sprayed paint on the area way too thick.
Better, try spraying 2 or even 3 coats. Finishing smoothly, you may use the sandpaper but very lightly, just so to remove the little bumps.
Don’t spray on the sunlight
If you are painting outdoors and the sun is directly hitting the object you are painting it the result will come out not so good.
This is because when you spray the paint, it will dry in midair from the heat. Once the paint reaches the surface it will create bumps. To fix this problem you will need sanding.
Use a spray trigger
Longer spray paintings are tiring especially the part where you have to press the spray button during all time. To help you make this process easier buy a spray trigger.
Not only will make the process effortless but it will also save your finger from fatigues.
Purchase more material than you need
Spray paint comes in a small can or medium size can. At some point, the paint in the spray can be emptied and your project will remain unfinished.
To avoid this, you should buy more spray cans than needed because one spray paint will not paint all the surfaces let alone complete 2 or 3 coats with it.
Spray paint doesn’t work on plywood
Let me save some time by telling you that you cannot paint the plywood with spray. No matter how much paint you spray on it, in the end, the surface or the edges will seem like it has not been sprayed at all.
If you need to paint plywood try painting it with regular brushes. With brushes, the paint stays on the plywood.
Use a new can for the end
When you are applying the finishing touches open a new spray can spray the final coat. Make sure to shake it first and try it on a newspaper. Doing this will provide you with evenly painted surfaces.
Using a spray shelter
To protect the environment you are working on, try using a box bigger than the object. The box will guard the surrounding from the spray paint.
If you have money to spend I would suggest that you buy a spray shelter. It comes in two forms. One if you are painting indoors and the other is used when painting outdoors.