How To Spray Paint Like a Pro

by Alisa Amor Spray paint artist

Spray paint is lots of fun to use and can add a modern touch to any project. There are so many fun colors including metallic tones, fluorescent and more. It seems simple to use, but there are a few things to know before you dive into your project. Here's what you need to know!


You can paint just about anything with spray paint. For the most part you want them to be non-absorbent, smooth and clean. Make sure to sand and prime any rough spots before spray painting them. If you are painting a wall, it should be smooth and painted. A dust cloth is great when you are painting a car or a piece of furniture. Make sure to wipe it down right before applying your paint. This will help the paint to stay smooth and glossy.


Prepare your cans by shaking them. If the temperature in the room is cool, place the cans in a pan of warm water for a while. This will help to avoid the paint spattering. If a can has been sitting a while, shake it before using it again.


You may want to practice spraying the can before using it on your project. If it is your first time, it's good to practice making straight even lines first! Watch this video for some advice on that.

The angle of the can is important. If it is wide, the spray will be dispersed and the effect will be foggy and not glossy. If the angle is direct and your spray smoothly, you can get a more glossy look. Spray from about 10 inches away from your object. If you spray closer, you might make a drippy little puddle of spray paint. 


If you are painting a large area the same color, it's good to work in layers. Do a thin even layer of spray paint. Let that dry. Then do another layer. Repeat until it looks fully painted.

You may want to apply a coat of gloss after your project is painted. Make sure the gloss paint is compatible with the colors you used. You may want to do a patch test first.

When you are done painting, make sure to turn the cans upside down and spray until only air comes out. This will clear your nozzles for next time.


Where to Paint


When you are using spray paint, it's best to paint outdoors. If there isn't enough airflow, use ventilation such as fans, dust collectors etc. If you are indoors, please choose non-toxic water based spray paint and open all doors and windows. You can also consider a spray booth. It's great to have a turn-table or some way of rotating your project as you work.


Airbrush and Spray Gun


You can also use a quick change airbrush or spray gun to do the same effects as spray paint. A quick change airbrush allows you to change colors on the fly. You can see one in action here


Protect Yourself


Use a spray paint respirator mask. The filters should be for organic vapor. You need more than just dust protection if you are using solvent based spray paints. Alternatively use water based non-toxic cans! To get a detailed materials list for spray paint cans and materials please visit and fill in the form with your email.

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About Alisa Amor Junior   Spray paint artist

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