Home interiors and exteriors are usually painted with a combination of a brush and roller. Other painting projects are best done with spray paint.
Spray painting is a good option for small or moderate sized painting projects. It is also good for some large projects like cars, though this would require professional equipment. With a moderate amount of skill spray painting can achieve good, smooth results in minimal time.
Spray Paint Cans
Professional spray painting uses an airgun and compressor, equipment most people do not have. But most spray painting is done with spray paint cans bought from the local hardware store.
The spray procedure is reasonably straightforward.
- Always paint in a well ventilated place. Outdoors in the open is best.
- Clean the surfaces that you wish to paint. Remove all grease and wait to dry.
- Cover any part of the object that is not mean to be painted. Use masking tape and newspaper.
- Use an appropriate primer. There are different primers for timber, metal, ceramic. Follow instructions on the back of the primer can.
- Shake the spray can for a minute before using, to mix the paint well.
- Hold the spray can 30 cm from the surface you are painting, spraying lightly with several passes. Passes should overlap by one third
- You can have several coats of paint. Make each coat is quite light, do not let the paint get thick.
- The layer of paint will need to dry between coats. Look at the drying time on the paint can instructions.
- Consider a clear protective coat at the end.
IMPORTANT – each time you finish a coat of paint you will need to clear the spray nozzle. Do this by holding the can upside-down and spraying until only air comes out. This should only take a few seconds.
House Painters Sydney
Having your home professionally painted will provide the backdrop for your preferred décor. Consider renovating some furniture to achieve that décor look. DIY spray painting can be very good for some home furniture projects.