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Chez Larsson

Spray Painting

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Because I've been asked numerous times how I spray paint I took photos while I sprayed the candle sticks above. Enjoy!

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To prep the candle sticks I sanded them all with a fine grit sand paper. This is to make the spray paint adhere better to the surface. It's called keying the surface.

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After sanding it's important to wipe every bit of sanding dust off or you will have an uneven finish with little specks in it. I use a slightly damp rag for this.

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I decided to re-spray the candle sticks that were white to begin with too because they were all different shades. To prevent the bottoms from sticking to the paper I used to protect the work top I placed them on plastic lids that are smaller than the bottoms.

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After several spray painting sessions I've learned a few tricks along the way.

  • Shake the can vigorously before starting to spray. It's super important that the paint inside of the can is completely mixed or you will have splatters.
  • Also important is to hold the can as upright as possible (at least the brands I use) or it will again cause splattering.
  • Spray multiple thin coats and let dry in between instead of a couple of thick coats. Shake the can madly again in between the coats. Above you can see the first coat down. Very thin.
  • Use a mask AND work in a well ventilated area. This stuff if stinky!
  • I use old gift wrap to protect surfaces but if you have a cardboard box you can turn it on to it's side and place the object inside and you spray into the opening. This will  protect top, sides, back and bottom at the same time. You'll have to turn your project several times in between coats though to ensure an even finish.
  • After you are completely done turn the can upside down and spray into a rag or similar to empty the nozzle from paint. This will prevent the nozzle from clogging so it's good to use next time.

There are spray primers available and these will help prep a piece and save on top coat but I tend to go for the top coat straight away simply because I've never had any spray primer on hand when I've wanted to spray…

 

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