Bob Vila Radio: Spray Painting

Working on a small project in need of some color? Spray painting can help you finish the job.

You don’t have to invest in a power sprayer to try your hand at spray painting—start with a spray can and a small project to perfect your technique. You’ll need some space to work, preferably outdoors where you don’t have to worry about fumes. If you must work inside, be sure to open lots of windows.

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Spray Painting

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Spray painting creates what’s called overspray—that’s the paint that comes out of the can but doesn’t reach the object you’re painting, but rather lands on the area right around it. That means you’ll need a large drop cloth to protect the surrounding area. If you’re painting a small object, you can place it inside a cardboard box to contain the overspray.

The key to good results is to spray lightly and evenly back and forth across the surface in a thin coat. Cover the entire object without leaving a seam that will show later. Multiple thin coats will get you a better finished product than you’ll get by spraying too much at once—that’s what causes unsightly runs and drips. It may take a bit of practice, but it’s worth taking a little time to develop your technique.

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