Ten years ago, if someone would have told me they planned to paint a furniture piece with spray paint, I would have been skeptical of the results. But over the last decade there have been huge advances in spray paint technology, and spray painting is now a viable option for nearly any painting project! If you plan to repaint a piece of furniture with spray paint, here are a few things you need to know.
Make sure your surface is clean and smooth before you begin. Sand your furniture piece if needed to make sure the finish will come out flawlessly.
Use a tack cloth to remove any dust, sawdust, or other minute debris from your piece before painting. Even the smallest amount of dirt or dust can make your finish look rough and unprofessional, so take the time to make sure you clean it thoroughly before applying paint.
Always shake the can of spray paint well for at least a couple of minutes before you begin to ensure that it is properly mixed. Paint that isn’t mixed well can look streaky or uneven when applied.
Apply the paint with the can held upright and about eight to ten inches away from the surface you are painting. Avoid holding the can at extreme angles or upside-down, as this may cause your paint application to be spotty or uneven.
Apply the paint with a back-and-forth motion. Keep the can moving and work at a fairly fast speed to avoid drips and runs in your paint. Moving too slowly when spray painting is a common mistake and almost always leads to substandard results.
It is better to use many thin coats than to apply one heavy coat. Applying too much paint at once can cause runs, drips, and a botchy finished product.
Allow the paint to dry completely between applying coats. Placing your project in the sun or in a warm place to dry will help speed the process along.
For a high-gloss shine, you can sand each coat with a very fine-grit sandpaper before applying the next. (Be sure to remove any remaining dust with a tack cloth before painting the next coat!)
If you do end up with drips or runs in your paint, you can fix them by sanding down the imperfections and adding another thin coat of paint, or more if needed.
Check your project in good light to make sure your finish is perfect. Look for thin or thick areas in the paint, as well as any dirt or other debris that may have gotten stuck in your paint before it dried. Fix these areas by sanding them down and adding more thin coats of paint until you are satisfied with the result.