Tuesday, January 31, 2012

How To Spraypaint

I'm trying to do a few "how-to" posts here, because I get more and more emails asking how to do this or that. One I've gotten recently, is how to spraypaint well. There are lots of pointers that I think can be helpful, and I also made a short (only slightly helpful) video.

That's me...spraypainting. It's earth-shattering stuff, folks.

Nah, it's just that I thought the video of how I do it might help. I think one of the main problems people have with spraypaint, is that they hold the can too close to the subject. The key is that you want to stay at least a foot or so away. It's hard, because you want to get close, to get better and faster coverage, but really, staying back a bit keeps drips from happening. It also gives you lighter, thinner coats, which, in turn, adhere better in the end, and keep from giving a cloudy appearance to your finish.

Another technique you'll notice, is that I sort of shake the can as I spray, I don't just hold it straight to the subject. I never really noticed that I did that, until I started watching this video. The reason I do it, though, is so that build-up doesn't occur on my painting subject, thus resulting in drips.

Something else I try to do when spraypainting, is to think of my arm as a machine. hah. I think about how a machine that sprays paint onto something would spray it: evenly and staying at the same distance away from the subject - weird, but I think it works!

Anyway, hopefully some of these techniques help, and if you guys have questions, feel free to leave them in the comments section, and I will answer them there!

PS how do you guys feel about me doing some tutorials where I'm talking into the camera? If you like the idea, what would be helpful to know about? What are some good subjects?


  1. Yes! You must talk into the camera. I watched just to see what you're like in "real life!" Great tips!

  2. I kept turning up my volume wondering why I couldn't hear you! haha! very helpful for me, because i would rather spray paint something than brush paint anyday. I'm not a good painter.

  3. I would love video tutorials!! How about one for the greywash you did on the table. I want to do it but I am just so nervous that I will ruin my bedroom set!

  4. thanks for sharing your tips with us! i was wondering about those orange chairs you did- was that with spray paint, or some kind of paint can sprayer? nice work :-)

  5. Hi there,
    I'm interested in purchasing your moroccan stencil, but it doesn't seem to be on etsy right now. Are you still selling it? I don't see a way to email you, so I hope this finds you! You can email me heather@heatherpetersondesign.com

    Thank you!!


  6. Do a spray paint tutorial!!!

  7. As everyone above, I would love to see you talking to the camera in a spray paint tutorial! ;)

  8. jennifer lee - i used a paint sprayer for that, not spray paint!

    everyone else - noted!!! i'll try and make a video soon :)

  9. I would love to buy a paint sprayer, but have no idea whether I would need to thin the paint, how to set it up, etc. I am thinking of the sidebaord(?) you did where you had plastic around it.

    Also, I would like a tutorial on how to prepare a prefinished brown wood piece for painting. what kind of primer, or sanding, etc. And, how do you distress a piece? I remember a post, but I am not sure when it was done.

    Maybe you could tag the posts for techniques and attach to the videos.

    thanks for sharing!!

  10. I would love to see tutorials about how to sand, prime, and paint furniture to get the best, even coverage. :)

  11. love all of these suggestions!!! you will see them answered soon(ish)!

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