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5 Things You Should Know About Spray Paint

5 Things You Should Know About Spray Paint

Have you ever considered one of the many DIY projects utilizing spray paint? Are you concerned that you’ll turn your attempts at “revival” into a refinishing project gone wrong? I’m here to help! Spring is just around the corner and there are many fun, thrifty and easy ways to bring spring into your home. Here are the 5 things you should know about spray paint before you start your next DIY project!

There are so many spray paint choices but you can't go wrong with Rustoleum, Valspar and Krylon!

There are so many spray paint choices but you can’t go wrong with Rustoleum, Valspar and Krylon!

1. Why choose Spray Paint over Traditional Paint? (Pros and Cons)

Pros: Sometimes the good o’ brush and roll isn’t the best way to add color and life to your furniture. Spray paint (also referred to as aerosol paint) is much easier to use and much more forgiving when you make mistakes. It’s cheaper, dries faster and provides more coverage. It’s oil-based and so it adheres very well to most surfaces and it is much more durable than latex paint.

Cons: There is very limited color choices of spray paint compared to the unlimited color choices for traditional paint. Spray paint also costs more per square foot and is much smellier and needs to be used in a well-ventilated area (outdoors).

Spray paint can transform most objects and surfaces!

Spray paint can transform most objects and surfaces!

2. What surfaces can I spray paint?

Due to spray paint’s versatility, it can be used on many different surfaces such as plastic, metal, wood, ceramic, plaster, concrete, canvas, particle board, laminate, glass, and many more! Although it is not advisable to spray paint surfaces that come into contact with food or beverages so please do not spray paint your silverware!

Spray paint can adhere to many different indoor and outdoor surfaces.

Spray paint can adhere to many different indoor and outdoor surfaces.

3. Can spray paint be used in any temperature?

That can be answered with a resounding “Noooooo!” Spray paint will not adhere very well if it is too cold or wet outside and catastrophic things can happen overtime. Wait for when the humidity level is below 65% and it is sunny and at least slightly warm outside.

If you must spray paint in the winter, try to do it in your garage or at least in an area (not IN your home) that is warmer than 50 degrees, otherwise your paint will bubble, crack and/or peel!

Spray paint can crack, peel and bubble when used in the wrong conditions. Check your temps and humidity!

Spray paint can crack, peel and bubble when used in the wrong conditions. Check your temps and humidity!

4. Do I need to use primer?

Because spray paint is oil-based it does not require primer for most surfaces! But! You will want to prime glossy, metal, and wood surfaces, as well as surfaces that will be mostly outside. For wood, it will help avoid uneven paint finish and allow for even penetration of wood surfaces. For metal, it will increase erosion resistance on bare metal surfaces.

If you are unsure whether you need to use primer, it doesn’t hurt to be safe than sorry. There are brands out there such as Krylon that have a primer+paint combination!

Dual Paint + Primer spray cans are a great time saver and very cost effective!

Dual Paint + Primer spray cans are a great time saver and very cost effective!

5. What are the top spray paint brands?

From experience, Krylon and Rustoleum are the most reliable. You can pay a little less for more generic brands, but you will only get what you pay for. Krylon has a great series of rust protectant aerosols, paint+primer super bond aerosols that eliminate the need to sand or prime, and a color master line (used in the picture below) with a great color palette selection that adheres to metal, wood AND plastic!

Krylon Color Masters Paint + Prime Spray results

Krylon Color Masters Paint + Prime Spray results

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