There is nothing better than taking something outdated and turning into a trendy home decor item with a little spray paint. Seems simple right? If you are like me you might have run into some disappointing outcomes. Ever seen Pinterest fails???
Let me save you some time, money, and headaches! Here are some helpful tips for all those DIY projects!
Avoid the "Oh Shit" moment and spray paint using modern conveniences. Don't spray paint outside unless you are prepared to deal with the natural elements. The wind will take your spray paint in all sorts of directions including right back in your face. You might come out to check on your item and find a bug stuck in your paint to be forever memorialized.
I use this handy pop up spray tent available on Amazon. I can spray paint in my garage without worrying about over spray or any of the issues mentioned above. It simply folds up when you are done and comes in different sizes.
I found this old "Lazy Susan" at a thrift store. It is perfect to spin your item while you spray. This might be overkill if you don't spray paint as much as I do.
One thing that you will find is that your over spray will NOT dry as fast as your item. If you are like me and want to move fairly fast...you can put your item on Wax Paper. Then you can switch it out without worrying about wet paint transferring on your item. If you are Dutch...you can even flip it over and use the underside (I can feel my husband rolling his eyes).
Again, this might be overkill if you don't spray paint often but I use a small air purifier when I spray paint. Nothing fancy, but something to make me feel better about inhaling fumes and killing brain cells.
2. Spray Paint
I have tried EVERY spray paint there is and they are not all created equal! Don't be cheap and grab whatever is on sale unless you are prepared to deal with drips, multiple coats, and cracking.
There is no comparison to Krylon Fusion. I won't ever use anything else!
Want to get a shiny gold look? I have yet to find a gold metallic spray paint that gives me the shine I am looking for. I use gold liquid leaf instead. The only annoying part is that it doesn't come in a spray. If anyone has a secret shiny gold...share the knowledge!
3. Where is Start
I always turn the item upside down and do a coat. This gets the underside of ridges and crevices. Depending on the shape of the item, this may not be possible. In those cases you can lay the item on its side. You will just need to flip it to the other side and spray before putting it upright.
4. How to Spray
Less is more but no need to go super thin. Nobody has time for 15 coats. I hold the can about 6 inches from the item (instructions say 8-10 inches) moving back and forth letting off the nozzle after the spray is beyond the item. The key is to keep the can moving at all times BEYOND the item.
5. Number of Coats
No matter how good the spray paint is, you will always need at LEAST two coats but more often three.
The common question is how long to wait between coats? Krylon Fusion says that it dries in 15 minutes and they aren't lying.
Have you ever sprayed another coat and watched in horror as the paint started cracking?!
WHHHHhhhhy does this happen?! I still have no idea. Some say the first coat didn't dry enough or the surface was dirty or the room temperature was too cold...the list goes on and on.
Whether I am right or wrong...after numerous attempts at different ways to spray paint...I simply wipe my item with a rag and water, dry it, and spray after shaking the can well. I do subsequent coats within an hour of each other (more often sooner, time is money).
I hope these tips help you on your next DIY project! There is nothing worse than getting a little crafty and having the end product less than desired.
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