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Spray-painting

Spray-painting isn't just for graffiti artists! Here are some tips on using a spray can at home.

Spray-paint styles

Spray-paint comes in a huge range of colours and styles: matt, glossy, frosted, translucent, metallic, glow-in-the-dark, blackboard paint and even a paint that makes things magnetic!


Uses for spray-paint

Spray-paint is perfect for small jobs where a smooth, even coat is required.

Give new life to old light fittings, door handles and towel rails by spraying them with a metal finish.

Turn that rickety wicker chair or plastic outdoor table into a designer piece with a tasteful spray-paint job.

Customise a cheap pine bookcase for the kids with a bright base coat, and use a stencil to spray fun shapes in another colour.


Spray paint

Spray-paint tips

Spray outdoors or in a well-ventilated area. Spray-paint vapours can cause headaches and respiratory problems

Wear protective clothing, safety goggles and a mask or respirator.

Cover the area around the object you are painting with a drop sheet or newspaper. Spray-paint is difficult to use accurately and you will make a mess!

When spraying, hold the can about 30cm above the surface and keep your hand moving. Stopping or getting too close will make the paint drip and run.


Spray-painting wood

Clean the wood thoroughly, then sand it lightly. Apply a suitable spray primer, wait for it to dry and then spray with the paint of your choice.


Spray-painting metal

Clean the surface and use sandpaper or a wire brush to remove any rust. Add a rust-resistant spray primer, and apply your spray-paint (check the label to ensure it will stick to metal).


Spray-painting plastic

Spray-paint sticks to plastic extremely well. Make sure the surface is clean and dry, then scuff it lightly with sandpaper and apply the paint.


Storing spray-paint

Keep your spray cans in a dry spot at room temperature. Too much moisture will cause the cans to rust, and they can explode in extreme heat!

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