How to Spray Paint Furniture

So you want to use spray paint to update old furniture but do not know how to spray paint furniture. The truth is that spray painting can be tricky. Luckily, with the right preparation and technique, you can create a beautiful finish that will last for years.

  1. First, make sure you have the right spray paint for the job. If you are painting metal, make sure the spray paint you choose will bond to metal. If your piece of furniture is laminate or plastic, you want to buy spray paint designed for a non-porous surface. The right spray paint for your surface is imperative for a long lasting finish.
  2. Now, wash the piece of furniture with mild soap and water and let it dry overnight. In order to get a long lasting finish with spray paint, the surface must be clean.
  3. Next, choose a day with very little wind and a temperature between 65 and 80 degrees. Wind makes it harder to apply spray paint and extreme temperatures can make it hard for the paint to set. So make sure to pick a good day to paint.
  4. Remove any hardware or drawer pulls you do not want painted or cover the hardware with tape. Spray paint gets everywhere, so unless you want painted hardware, get it out of the way.
  5. Lightly sand the piece of furniture with 120 grit sand paper. Once sanded, wipe with a dry cloth to remove any loose particles from the furniture. Spray paint needs to be able to grip the surface of the furniture, so do not skip this step.
  6. Hold can 18 inches from furniture and begin painting in a sweeping motion. Start spraying just off the furniture, sweep over it and stop spraying just off the furniture. The sweeping motion will help prevent dripping.
  7. After you finish the first coat, let the paint dry thirty minutes to an hour, then apply the second coat. Make sure the entire surface has been painted before you stop to let the second coat dry.
  8. Let furniture sit two to three hours until the paint is completely dry. Then apply two coats of clear spray polyurethane, allowing time for drying in between coats. 
  9. Give the polyurethane the chance to sit overnight before replacing hardware and moving the piece of furniture back inside. Polyurethane takes a long time to dry but it will make your paint job last for years. So although it seems to be a waste of time, make sure to let it set.
  10. Once your polyurethane has dried and the furniture is back inside, all you have to do is enjoy it. Of course, once you paint one piece there is always another that is just begging to be painted.  So, now that you know how to spray paint furniture, what is stopping you?  Get to painting.
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