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Tips on How to Use Spray Paint

Achieve the perfect paint job using spray paint with these handy tips!


It's important to use proper ventilation when spray painting. Working outdoors is the best option.

Temperature and humidity

Spray paint won’t stick well if the humidity or temperature is not maintained. It's best to spray paint in warm weather with humidity below 65%.


Cover the area you will be painting and its surrounding with newspapers or cardboard.


Make sure to use protective gear such as goggles, gloves, and masks before you start painting to block the spray paint fumes.

Storing Leftover Paint

Store spray paint according to the directions on the container. This means not leaving them in a cold basement as they may freeze or overheat.

Steps for Painting

Clean-remove any dust, dirt or grease. Primer-if needed, prime your piece. Paint-shake the spray paint can for about 3-4 minutes Drying-let the paint dry completely.

How to Spray Paint Evenly

Apply thin coats Start and end the spraying outside  Use an even motion moving side to side Hold the spray can about 8 – 10 inches from the object

Avoid buildup by not holding the spray in one place for too long Longer strokes are better than stopping every few inches. Wipe the nozzle if there is paint buildup.

Tips for Spray Painting

Common Types of Spray Paint

General-purpose spray paint  Lacquer and Epoxy High-heat spray paint Enamel, Acrylic, and Oil-based

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Danielle Pientka

Danielle is a DIY/craft/sewing blogger on She loves to write about projects that she makes for her small farm, her children, and her home.