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    Spray painting is one of the quickest and easiest ways to get a smooth, professional finish on anything you’re painting. If you hate the look of brush strokes or you’re constantly picking bristles out of your paint, spray painting might be your answer. If you’re spray painting at home, however, there are a few things you need to remember. Aerosols can be dangerous and should only ever be kept in a safety cabinet (visit somewhere like Storemasta if you need one). It also takes a bit of practice and skill, so you might want to spray something that doesn’t matter too much before you move on to big projects. Take a look at the tips below to see how to get started:

  1. Head Outside – You should only ever spray paint outdoors or in an incredibly well-ventilated room. The spray is not only harmful to your respiratory system, but it can also kill you if you breathe too much in.
  2. Cover Up – Spray painting can be messy, so cover everything surrounding your workstation with newspaper or dust sheets. You should also cover your mouth to avoid breathing in the spray, even if you’re outside, and wear goggles to protect your eyes.
  3. Prep The Surface – Start with a clean, dry surface. Spray on a primer coat if the product isn’t a paint and primer both in one.
  4. Shake It Up – Shake the can really well. Spray a couple of test spots on a piece of cardboard or newspaper. The spray may sputter a bit. You’ll know you’ve shaken it enough when you can no longer hear the ball bearing rattling around inside.
  5. Spray The Surface – To avoid drips, hold the can 6-8 inches away from the object. Start spraying off of the object, come across it and don’t let go of the button until you’re off the item again. Turn or move around the object so you’re spraying head on with a sweeping motion and overlapping spray patterns. This will help get even coverage and in any nooks and crannies. Coat the entire project versus working in stages.
  6. Let It Dry – Make sure you let the paint dry in between coats; usually about an hour, but check instructions on the can.
  7. Clear The Nozzle – While holding the can upside down, begin spraying until only a clear gas comes out. Then wipe the nozzle clean. Do this after each use.
  8. Other Tips:
    1. Work in an area away from sparks or flames
    2. The vapors can ignite. Keep the can away from heat which can cause the can to burst.
    3. Control the overspray. Spray paint will drift onto anything nearby.
    4. A spray gun trigger helps cut down on hand fatigue.

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