Spray paint is a great way to get the job done fast… but there is a little learning curve involved. Still, with so many amazing colors available a little spray-painting practice is well worth your while. So, is spray painting hard? The answer is that there is a little difficulty involved in spray painting and you will need to practice to get very good at it. At first, you should expect some dripping and applying an even coat might be a bit challenging… but it gets easier very quickly if you practice.
Today I’ll give you some tips on learning the ropes when it comes to proper spray painting. We’ll talk about preparation, whether or not you can also brush paint over spray paint, and if it’s okay to paint your interior walls with it.
Without further ado, let’s get started!
How do you prep for spray paint?
Preparing before you paint is easy, it’s all going to be a matter of the surface that you are working with. Let’s take a look at the prep work that you should do for plastic, wood, and metal so that you can see how it is done.
First off, you will want to clean the surface of the plastic. If it is new plastic, then yu can wipe it down with a little paint thinner to get it nice and clean. For older plastic, an ammonia-based cleaner should do the job nicely. If the plastic was painted before, give it a light sanding, and then dry off the dust with a soft cloth.
Finally, make sure that the surface is completely dry and then you are ready to spray paint.
To prepare wood for spray painting, simply sand the surface lightly first with a fine (or a medium) grit sandpaper and then wipe off all of the resulting wood-dust. Next, treat the surface with a coat or two of primer and the wood should be ready for you to paint it.
For metal, remove any rust with a chemical rust-remover or with a little elbow grease and a wire brush. If previously painted, be sure to sand any chipped areas until they are smooth before painting over them at this time, as well. Remove the dust with either denatured alcohol or you can use a degreaser and then prime the surface to protect it from any future corrosion. The metal is now ready to spraypaint.
Can you brush paint over spray paint?
Yes! You can brush paint over spray paint, you’ll just want to make sure that the surface is completely dry first and prep it just a little. As far as drying, check your label and we also have an excellent article on the subject which you can find here (https://paintingbuzz.com/how-long-does-it-take-spray-paint-to-dry-complete-guide/) for more information, but generally spray paint is dry enough to touch in half an hour, dry enough for you to handle in 1 or 2 hours, and fully-dry after a 24-hour period.
Be sure to check that label though, as your paint might be an exception.
Once it is fully dry, you’ll want to give the surface a very light sanding. The goal is not to remove color, but rather to ‘rough up’ the surface so that the paint that you brush on next will stick properly. A 100 grit sandpaper is just perfect for this and should prep the surface nicely for your brush work and detailing.
Is it okay to spray paint interior walls?
Yes, but a paint sprayer is going to let you get the work done faster and with more control than you would get using a spray can. Sprayers like the HomeRight Paint Sprayer Power Painter are a great investment for saving you a lot of time and you can use for interior or exterior walls as you like.
Just be sure to keep things safe by using goggles and a respirator and you’ll want to make sure that the area is as well-ventilated as possible for best results. As long as you do this, you can definitely spray paint your interior walls and get it done in record time!
In closing: Spray painting takes practice but it’s well-worth your time
While it looks easy, spray painting will definitely take a little time to learn so be patient with the process. One last tip for best results is that you should give some short, quick sprays instead of prolonged sprays and this will help to minimize on dripping.
Beyond this, always prep the surface properly beforehand, let spray paint dry before any brushpainting over it, and finally, it’s okay to paint interior walls – just keep is safe with a respirator and eye protection.
If you like some tips on painting like a pro, we found a nice 3rd party article that you might enjoy here. Until next time, keep practicing your spray painting until you can paint like a pro!