Ensure your projects turn out brilliantly by making sure your surfaces are cleaned, prepped and primed before spray painting. Your colors and finishes will adhere better and give you top-notch results.
Whether you’re looking to add some color to an item or totally transform a large canvas, choosing the right spray paint can make all the difference to how your projects turns out.
Types of Spray Paint
Most spray paint is classified by how it’s used, but almost all formulations feature an array of vibrant colors and fitting finishes to give your project the best finishing touch. General purpose spray paint and decorative spray paint can be used on a wide array of materials (both indoors and out), features unique textures and finishes like metallic, high gloss, crackle and stone. Rust-preventative spray paints, like Rust-oleum, are generally used on outdoor items to help prevent fading, cracking, corrosion and rust accumulation. Professional spray paints are designed for industrial use, provide continuous rust and corrosion protections and tend to dry to the touch in 15 minutes or less. Other industrial spray paints include striping spray paints used on blacktop for roads, grass for lining sports fields and other surfaces like concrete and soil to indicate utility lines. Other special use paints include automotive spray paint, high heat spray paint and special effects like frosted spray paint and glow-in-the-dark spray paint. Most formulations include a primer, but several brands also offer standalone spray primer.
Other unique types include artist spray paint from brands like Montana-Cans. They display exceptionally vibrant colors and finishes that make murals come to life. They also feature specially engineered cans that can deliver precise streams of paint from almost any angle.
Some General Tips for Spray Painting
REMOVE: Always prep before you paint. This may include cleaning the surface as well as removing the old layer of paint, lacquer or stain with an appropriate chemical remover and tools.
PREP: Sanding may be required to even out the surface or provide a surface that the spray paint can adhere to. Be sure to use an appropriate grit sanding block or sanding sheet so you don’t overdo it.
PRIME: After clearing away all debris, you should apply 1 to 2 coats of spray primer to your surface, especially if your final paint does not include a primer.
For more tips on choosing a spray paint as well as spray painting, check out our Spray Paint Buying Guide.