Friday, May 13, 2011

My Top Tips and Tricks to Flawless Spray Paint Everytime

How many times have you started to spray paint something and then notice that the paint is bubbling, and/or dripping? So frustrating, right? It used to happen to me all the time. After trying out just about every brand, sheen, and color of spray paint, I have come up with a method that never fails me.
Today as I was spray painting a little table to put in my boys' room, I thought that I should really share my tricks to getting a flawless coat of spray paint every time.

If you follow these few simple tricks, you will find spray painting to be super easy with perfect results every time.

#1. Make sure your item is clean and dry.
#2. To avoid drips spray lots of light coats, absolutely no heavy coats.
#3. It is important that once you start, finish within an hour or wait at least 2 days and start with a base coat again.
#4. My number one and most important trick...always, always start your spray painting projects with a few coats of flat spray paint. Ever since I started using a flat spray paint as my base coat, I haven't had anymore bubbling. It seriously works miracles!

Here is my table before...

And after...smooth, glossy, and red! No drips & No bubbling.

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  1. Adorable table! Thanks for the tips! I actually tried spray painting, it's featured in my recent post! But, I have to admit, I cheated, I just applied a light coat and when distressed it with sand paper. I'm still completely intimidated;/ Have a wonderful weekend, Emily!


  2. Hi Emily. Thanks for these tips! The weather has been beautiful in Florida so I definitely wanna take advantage and start painting stuff again. How many coats did it take you to cover that table so beautifully? My boy's room is firetruck theme and we're thinking of painting some things the exact same Banner Red. Not sure how many cans I need to buy though :) Thanks!

  3. Do you mind me asking where you spray paint and how you keep it off of everthing, including yourself. Last time I tried this, I went inside and my hair was pink.

  4. I have never heard this trick...but it makes perfect sense. Thanks so much for sharing. I am attempting to spray some of my gold fixtures and I'm so glad I read this before I started. Hope your weekend is going great! ~Ann

  5. just wondering if you have any tips for spary painting spindles. i have some chairs that i am trying to paint and it seems impossible to get those pesky spindles covered. thanks!

  6. Great tips! I think that #3 is just as important, too. I've made the mistake of adding another coat after 5-6 hours and it would be a problem. Gonna have to try flat paint at some point, too.

  7. Those were great tips Emily thanks for sharing them! Cute table and I love the color! Looks perfect where you placed it. Have a great weekend, Martina

  8. How cute is that table ??? Love the red. And, thanks for the wonderful tips !! xo

  9. Great tips! I love how the table looks in the bedroom. I thought, wow that's a bright red, but after seeing it in the room, it looks great!

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  11. I love this! I'd like to invite you to post it on Masterpiece Monday at Boogieboard Cottage. The link will be up all week, I hope you can join in. Have a nice week, Mary :O)

  12. I love red so I love this little side table! Good job.

  13. In spite of the Sloan chalk paint craze that seems to be hitting blogs, I still love the beauty of glossy spray paint. Nothing beats it. Beautiful table redo! It's gorgeous.

    ~ Julia

  14. Love the red, and thanks for the wonderful tips! I see some of the things that I've done wrong!

  15. Thanks for all of your tips! I just spray painted the top of a little table today and wish I had read your post first! Oops! I love your cute little metal red table.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)


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