Best Practices for Spray Painting

Spray painting allows us to complete outdoor and indoor painting projects fast. It is a lot more fun to spray paint than brush painting or roller painting. Before adding colour to your surface, no matter the mode of the art you are using, start by adopting the surroundings of your target area. Apply paint on a dry and clean area only. Open doors and windows for ventilation or turn on the AC if accessible to the project. Take some time to evaluate the painting area to ascertain all conditions for spray painting are met and to ensure your painting project becomes a success story.

Here are the best practices for spray painting:

Clean the surface

The first thing to do is clean the surface using either a broom or liquid and detergents. It will help remove the dirt that could prevent the coat from sticking to the surface appropriately.

Dry the surface

After a thorough cleaning with liquid and detergent, you need to wait for the surface to dry before applying your first coat or the base coating with water-based paints. If you can access a blow dryer, the better but make sure the surface is dry and clean before applying makeup.

Time good weather

If the weather is not favourable for your painting, the honourable thing to do is to wait. It would be best if you waited until the temperatures fall between 500F and 900F, relative humidity below 85% and don’t paint directly in the sunlight or humid weather.

Recoat times

Every time you complete a coat, take note and make sure you apply the coats as per the directions indicated on the can. You won’t get the best results if you apply coats less times or more than required. For quality, purposes use the number of layers, as indicated in the paint can.

Test your painting techniques elsewhere before the actual application

For smooth and shiny spray finishes, apply coats on an even surface. Begin your job with off-target surfaces or scrap surfaces before painting your project to ascertain your painting techniques.

Take note of the motions during spray painting

Begin your painting job from the edges of your project area using a side to side even overlapping motions. Overlapping should be by a third to ensure a thorough coating. Use consistent painting patterns throughout except for odd and hard-to-reach areas of the property.

Take your time

Apply thin coat layers’ multiple times for better results than using one thick coat. It will ensure coats stack evenly for quality results.

Don’t overspray

Use a drop cloth or mask exposed areas of your property you don’t want to paint on, or where you want different colours than the rest. Over spraying can cause damage to the surrounding environment or make it look not pleasant.

Ventilate after spraying

When you complete your painting project, start ventilating the painted areas by opening windows and doors wide open to facilitate air circulation. If you can access an AC, turn it on.

Clean paint valves

When you complete spray painting your project, spray for 5 seconds with the spray-can turned upside down to prevent the tip from clogging. You will want to use the same tip for other projects in future. Finally, read the directions on the can of every pain. Not all of them have the same painting directions.

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