Raised in California and transplanted to Utah. Married my college sweetheart from Montana, and we are raising 4 nuggets together. I love all things DIY projects and doing them on a budget. I don’t mind messing up and am ok with the 90/10 rule - nothing is perfect over here and it’s fine by me! Encouraging all ‘wanna-be’ DIYers to just get out there and try it! You will be so glad you did.”
Spray paint can change up an item in minutes! It is an absolute miracle worker. If you haven’t used it before, don’t worry. I am partnering with COLORSHOT to share some simple tips and tricks on the basics of spray painting.
When using spray paint, you should always spray outside. Often you will have overspray as well as a strong odor. COLORSHOT has been formulated without Xylene, Benzene, Toluene, and toxic dryers – which helps decrease the usual strong odor that comes with spray paint – but I recommend you still spray outdoors. If you do need to spray indoor, use a mask and a spray tent.
Make sure the temperature is between 50 degrees F and 90 degrees F. Also avoid painting in direct sunlight. Additionally you will not want to spray paint in highly windy weather.
Make sure to wear paint clothes or an apron when spray painting. This will protect your clothing and skin from overspray when spraying. This is another reason to be careful when spraying when its windy, because you can get paint on your clothing.
I have a set apron for painting so I do not mind if it gets paint on it.
This is key to making sure you do not get paint where you do not want it. I save old pieces of cardboard for smaller projects. You can reuse this board multiply times.
I also keep a few $1 plastic tablecloths on hand for larger projects. These are great way to protect large surfaces and I will throw them away when I am finished.
Something awesome about COLORSHOT is their huge assortment of paint colors. There are so many options to try out. All of their paints have a paint and primer premium quality formula for awesome coverage.
They also provide spray paint primer and top coats for when you need them. Not all projects require a primer, so double check your material before starting (search the internet to find out). For example, I always use a primer first when spray painting raw wood. This helps assist the paint from soaking into the wood grains.
Top coats are a great way to protect your project when you know they will need it.
Spray paint cans always need to be shaken before starting so the paint will mix together properly.
Give your can a good 30-60 second shake and make sure you can hear the “pea” (aka ball) rattle inside.
If you are too close to your project when spraying, you can get a dripping effect from the paint. To avoid this, keep your can at least 6-8 inches away from the project as you paint. Spray with short and even strokes.
Do not worry if the entire space is not covered, you can fix this on your next coat.
COLORSHOT has formulated a quick dry process without toxic chemicals. Your project should be dry to the touch within ten minutes of your first application.
The cooler the weather will slow up the dry time as well.
I generally like to do two coats when using spray paint to help cover anything that I missed the first time around. Feel free to add as many layers as you like to achieve the look you are going for. Just make sure you allow for dry time between each coat.
I hope these simple spray paint tips help you as your create your own projects. Spray paint can really do wonders in such a short amount of time.
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Good luck and keep on creating!