Spray Painting – The Pro’s & Con’s

If you’re considering spray painting a tired piece of furniture, or perhaps using it to re-colour the walls of a room, here’s our quick guide to the ups and downsides of spray painting.

Pros

  • Spray PaintingQuicker coverage – one stroke of a brush is easily bettered by the squirt of spray paint
  • Faster drying – being thinner than canned paint means it dries quicker also. (Always follow manufacturer instructions for appropriate drying times)
  • Smoother finish – lighter and less dense makes for a silkier finish
  • Available for application on a wide variety of surfaces – metals, woods, plastics. Be sure to buy the right type though!
  • Utensil clean-up is far less than that of paint brushes and rollers! No need for white spirit, excessive rinsing etc!

 

Cons

  • Spray Painting MessCan be messy – you will need to cover belongings and yourself – this in turn requires preparation with tape and overalls, safety glasses, a mask!
  • This is important – you must wear a mask! You’re dealing with a toxic gas.
  • It is therefore not suitable for application in a closed environment due to the fumes. Get as much ventilation as possible!
  • If you’re inexperienced with spray paint, it can result in patchy coverage – some areas heavier than others. The trick is applying it in even, overlapping strokes, not large blasts.
  • Whilst the drying time of a coat is faster, it could take more coats that canned paint.
  • Spray paint sometimes suffer from runs / drips if you are using a thicker / more dense type.
  • Cannot have a colour mixed at the DIY store!
  • Lifespan and durability of spray paint is reported to be less than that of brush paint. Ergo, you might be needing to do it again in a few years time.
In short, know what you’re doing before starting. Prepare and prepare again.  The finished thing can be great if done properly. If not yourself, perhaps consider consulting / hiring professional spray painters.