How to properly use spray paint
- You’ll get a better result with spray paint if you rest the can in warm water for about five minutes before using it. The spray will come out in a finer mist for more even coverage.
- For an even finish, hold your spray can at a steady distance from the furniture’s surface the entire time you’re spraying. Once you’ve worked out the best distance, tape a stick or piece of dowel to the can as a guide.
- When priming and painting drawers, coat only the fronts and their edges. Applying paint to the sides will make drawers stick when they’re closed. Instead, coat the sides with a clear finish.
- Don’t pick out stray brush bristles, dust particles or lint from a painted surface once a skin has started to form on it. Instead, wait for the surface to dry, then buff out the flaws with a damp paper towel.
- To spray-paint without mess, use a makeshift spray booth. All you need is a large cardboard box — the kind that fridges and ovens come in. If you don’t have one of these on hand, a local appliance store may be able to give you one that they’ve discarded.
- When you’re spray-painting the exterior of a piece of furniture, spray the corners first, aiming directly at each corner and coating both sides evenly.
- When you’re spraying the inside of a cabinet, don’t spray into the corners at all. Instead, spray straight onto the flat surfaces, doing the back first, then each side.
- When spray-painting a flat surface such as a tabletop, you’ll probablytend to hold the can at an angle, resulting in overspray.
- To cover this up, always work from the near to the far side, covering the overspray as you go. If you work from the far to the near side, the overspray will leave a pebbly texture on areas already coated.