Spray Paint Basics
Essential Tools and Materials
Here's everything you'll need to get it right the first time.
  • Newspaper
  • Spray paint

Our step by step guide illustrates how to get the perfect finish fast. This is a fail safe method on how to get the perfect finish every time.
1) Read
Always read the directions first.
2) Shake
Shake the can well to ensure the pigment is evenly dispersed in the can. You will hear the rattle of the mixing ball.
3) Practice
Practice spraying on newspaper keeping the can moving.
4) Base
Ensure the surface is clean, dry, sanded or primed as necessary.
5) Test
If you are unsure whether the paint is compatible with the material, test first on an inconspicuous area.
6) Mask
Mask areas that you don’t want to be painted.
7) Distance
Check for the spraying distance – this is very important and varies between products.
8) Apply
Spray paint quickly and evenly in several directions moving the can from side to side and up and down.
9) Shake
Shake the can regularly for 10 seconds during spraying.
10) Several thin coats
In most cases spray several thin coats, There are exceptions to this rule – always read the directions first.
11) Drying time
Leave to dry for the recommended time.
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