Spray painting furniture as compared to traditional painting using brushes has proven to be more time efficient way of getting your job done and have more work done in little time. By adopting spray-painting mechanism, you can also avoid the brushstroke marks from becoming visible, which more often than not, gives an unsmooth look. Most of the time, it may take only ten minutes to finish a job on one furniture item and you are home free. Moreover, spray paint dries much quicker than brush paint.
You can spray paint any item in your home that needs a total overhaul or little touch ups. It is a much cheaper way as well as can be done by you with ease. Thrift shops showcase many solid and sturdy furniture items that can be bought and renovated in your favourite colour, using spray paint. Once you master the art of spray painting furniture, you can renew your old decorations and furniture items and give them a new look without any brush marks to give them rough look and save a great lot of money as well.
To get prepared for the project at hand and get the job done quickly, make sure you get everything sorted and stocked up so that you don’t have to waste any time getting things during the spray job as it would be time consuming. So make a list before hand and gather all the equipment. For spray painting your chair, you will need a mask, sand paper, primer, spray paint and a sealer, depending on the project. Do not go for cheap or generic brands of paint, as it eventually may turn out to be a great disappointed. Instead, go for brands like Krylon or Rust-Oleum, which may cost you more, but they will provide you a better quality finishing that you are aiming for.
You can find various different finish options in spray paint, ranging from flat to high gloss. Always get the kind that fulfills your needs and for painting a chair, higher the gloss, the easier it is to clean. If the chair has high usage, you should not use flat paint, as it would become harder to keep it clean. Use of satin or gloss finish is highly recommended.
Starting with the actual painting, first make sure that the chair you are about to paint is clean and there is no loose piece or cracks. Tighten the loose screws and if there is anything broken or loose, fix them. Sanding the chair before painting gives you optimum result. Sandpaper comes in a range from medium to high grit and you can use any depending on the finish you are looking for. Sand the chair thoroughly removing any inconsistencies or roughpatches that might get in a way of smoothfinish. Make sure that you sand in the direction of the wood grain always. After sanding, wipe it with a damp cloth to remove any residual dust.
Priming is the next most important step of spray-painting your chair and it can even cover up poor sanding job. Priming is done to ensure that the coverage is even and gets the paint to stick. Spray paint primers are available in several varieties. They are available in tinted options as well that can assist you when you are using dark colors like red or black. Apply primer on your chair using long and even brush strokes. Do not spray on uncovered areas as it may result in dripping of lead. Once the first coat dries, you can apply another coat or atouch up if needed.
You can use sand paper again to remove any bubbles or inconsistencies that came up during priming process. Let the chair completely dry before you start applying the paint.
Use long even strokes while spray-painting. Spray paint gun should not be held too near to the piece as it can get rings or other marks of built-up paint. As with the primer, you should not try to get the job done with first coat. Instead of getting drips that you will have to sand off later, get a second coat. Pay close attention to corners, arms legs or ornate details of the chair as those are the most problematic places where you might get drips.
Spray painting is better than traditional painting using brush as it takes only 10 minutes for the paint to dry between coats and this makes the job quick. Darker colors will need more coats than the lightershades you are using. Once the coat is dried completely, assess whether you need another coat or not and act accordingly.
Here are some tips that will give best results.
Spray painting is less time consuming and provides you with much smoother look than paintbrush painting. You can do it yourself with the same results as any professional’s work if you follow above steps. Using spray painting, you can renovate any furniture item in your home and give it a complete new look. This will not only give you a great sense of achievement having done a paint job yourself, but also is quite economical, money wise and time wise as well. Therefore, next time any furniture item needs a renewal job at your home, you will have the skill to do it like a pro.