Do you want to be an expert at spray painting? Check out these FAQs!
Also check out some of my other painting posts on the blog:
- DIY Spray Painted Barstools
- How to Spray Paint Furniture
- How to Paint a Room
- Painting a Front Door
- The Best Way to Paint your Cabinets
Spray Painting Q & A:
What brand of spray paint do you use?
We love to use Rustoleum and Krylon spray paints. I am so impressed with the Krylon color selection and the quality of the paint and the nozzle on the Rustoleum 2x Ultra Cover. Both are great!
Yes. Usually, but not always. I always prime furniture and large items. However, I rarely prime small items, like frames, lamps, etc., unless I am covering a dark piece with a light color. If you’re in doubt, do it! I promise you’ll never regret priming! It’s always helpful! If it’s something that will be handled a lot, consider priming it!
Do you have to sand furniture before spray painting?
Not always. Again, this is a total judgement call unless there is obvious damage or issues with the furniture. I always sand if there are things that need smoothed out or any old paint, varnish, or anything else removed. Sanding is a great way to get a fresh start on a piece. And again, you’ll never regret sanding either!
I spray painted a piece, and now it feels sticky/tacky. What did I do wrong?
Usually when this happens, you have sprayed it too thick too quick. If you spray several coats of primer and spray paint on a piece, you must make sure that each coat is completely dry and cured before spraying any additional coats. When it’s sticky, the top coat may seem dry but the other coats have not dried thoroughly. More often than not, time will fix it but it can take several days or even weeks for it to cure completely. Be sure not to use the furniture until the sticky/tacky feeling is gone.
Do I have to use a clear coat after spray painting?
No. Clear coat is simply for protection. I usually use it on large pieces that I plan to have or use for a long time. Also, if the piece will be getting a lot of wear and tear you should use a clear coat. I usually use polycrylic or polyurethane. You can use wax or a number of other things to finish or protect your piece. One thing you want to be careful with is using polyurethane on white or really light pieces as it can yellow over time.
How can I be sure not to get drips when I’m spray painting?
This can be tricky and you will get better with practice. I have found that you need to shake your can really well and do a few test sprays on a piece of cardboard to check your nozzle. Also, if the outside temps are too cold, it can cause drips during drying time because the paint is running before it has time to cure.
My spray paint is bubbling. What happened?
Your piece is basically rejecting your paint! Sometimes it’s due to conditions being cold or there is something unseen that will not allow the paint to adhere. I’m sure there’s a more professional explanation but it happens all too often. This can be solved by using an oil based primer on the cracked or bubbled area. Make sure to always prepare the surfaces you plan to paint so it doesn’t have any oils, debris, flaking paint, etc.
Do you use a spray paint nozzle attachment when you paint?
I don’t really like using the attachment nozzles you can buy. I know that people do like to use them but it’s just a personal preference… and yes, my hand gets tired of pushing the nozzle! 🙂
What surfaces can I spray paint?
Be sure to read the label on your spray paint can or research online but you can virtually paint anything! Wood, metal, plastic, fabric, etc.
- Wear gloves.
- Work in a well ventilated area and wear a mask.
- Cover nearby surfaces with a drop cloth or tarp to protect them from over spray. Use Graffiti remover if you get overspray on concrete or nearby surfaces. Make sure to read the label to be sure it’s safe to use.