Today’s aerosol paints make home decorating quick, inexpensive and more convenient than ever before. By simply pressing a button the do-it-yourselfer can give new life to tired children’s furniture, transform gift packages into works of art, or harmonize desk and kitchen accessories. It takes only a few minutes to master the art of aerosol painting, but these minutes are important in assuring that the finished product has a professional look. The skill necessary to achieve decorator results is easily gained if you follow these tips on how to use aerosol paints.
Planning is the key word in any do-it-yourself project and aerosol spray painting is no exception. Plan what you are going to paint, what colors you are going to use, and where you are going to work. Before beginning to spray, read the manufacturer’s instructions on the can carefully – they will familiarize you with the product you are using and offer handy suggestions on preparing materials and obtaining special effects.
Select a work area which is airy without begin drafty – excessive air currents can deflect the spray and carry it a considerable distance. The propellant in the aerosol can may be flammable so avoid working near open flames. Don’t leave the can setting for long periods of time in areas where the temperature may exceed 120 degrees – aerosols are under pressure.
A clean surface is important if you want to use aerosol paints successfully. Be sure to prepare the object to be painted as recommended by the manufacturer’s label. If possible, place the object in a horizontal position to prevent runs and sags. Before starting to paint, shake the can vigorously back and forth until the agitator ball inside rattles freely. Continue to shake for a few seconds, making sure the cap is on to prevent accidental spraying. Many aerosol painting failures are due to incomplete mixing of the paint.
Then holding the can at the top, swirl the ball around the bottom of the can to make sure the contents are completely mixed. Now you are ready for a short practice session to test your paint color and to master the spraying technique.
Hold the upright paint can 10 to 12 inches from the object you are spraying and press the button all the way down. Move the can at a steady pace parallel to the surface using short, dusting strokes.
Release the button at the end of each stroke to prevent dripping and running. Be sure that the nozzle is pointed toward the surface being painted to avoid spraying paint into the face or on the skin. Try to get a smooth, wet paint film without sags.
Clean up is a breeze with spray paints! There are no brushes to soak, no stir paddles to discard, no cleaning rags to worry about.
It’s a good idea to clean the valve and nozzle by turning the can upside down and spraying until only propellant is released – this tactic prevents paint particles from clogging the nozzle.
Store the can in a cool place out of the reach of children since spraying can appear to them to be a game. When you decide to dispose of the paint can be sure that it is not incinerated since the can may burst if it is exposed to extreme heat.
Once you learn how to use aerosol paints you will find that your home or workshop contains a gold mine of possible projects. And they are all as easy as 1-2-3-psst with aerosol paints.