Successful spray painting
You’ve most likely never heard of Bonnie Seymour, but she did you a huge favour. In 1949, she suggested that her husband try putting paint in an aerosol can. He did, it worked, and painting got a whole lot easier. Here are some key tips for success with Bonnie’s brilliant invention.
Plastic paint works!
Conventional spray paints just won’t stick to plastic. Now paint manufacturers offer paint just for that application. These paints don’t just stick; they fuse with the plastic surface to form a super-strong bond. Krylon Fusion for Plastic and Rust-Oleum 2x are two common brands.
Light coats and patience prevent runs
The only sure way to avoid runs on a vertical surface is to spray paint on a light coat and give it a little drying time before the next. That’s hard to do if you spray paint the surfaces in random order, but easy if you have a strategy. How to spray paint: Start by coating each vertical surface. Spray paint lightly to avoid runs. Then hit the horizontal areas before starting the second round. Repeat each round in the same order. That way, each surface will get maximum drying time before you return to it. If any vertical surface still looks wet, stop and remember this: An extra five minutes of drying time now is better than sanding out runs and respraying later. Elevate your work (inset) Don’t set your project directly on a workbench or newspaper; the paint will glue it to the work surface. The best way to prop up wood furniture is to drive screws into the legs.