10 Tips for Better Spray Painting

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1. Read the Instructions

The instructions on the can are valuable. Take the minute to read them. They’ll tell you how far to hold the spray can from the object, how long to shake the can before spraying, the proper temperature at application, how long the paint or coating needs to cure, and more.

2. Sweep, Don’t Point

A spray can isn’t a camera. Don’t point and shoot. To get an even coat of paint, sweep the can horizontally and vertically past the object as you spray. For example, if you’re moving left to right, you begin spraying to the left of the object, onto the object, and then to the right of the object.

3. Use a Large Dropcloth

Don’t waste time taping together newspapers that might fall apart as you paint. Instead, use a large plastic or cloth dropcloth that provides plenty of backdrop for you to move the spray can past the object.

4. Set Up High

Set up the item you plan to paint on sawhorses, a workbench, or other platform. Don’t set up on the floor. For one thing, you’ll be hunched over. For another, it doesn’t provide easy and consistent access for you to move the spray can past the painted object.

5. Use a Handle

You’ll get far better results using an aftermarket spray can handle than you will holding the can in your bare hand. Our preferred handle is the CanGun 1.

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