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Spray-painting isn't just for graffiti artists! Here are some tips on using a spray can at home.
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 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.
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.
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-paint sticks to plastic extremely well. Make sure the surface is clean and dry, then scuff it lightly with sandpaper and apply the 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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