Buying Guide

Best Spray Paint for Your Project

General Purpose & Decorative Spray Paint
  • Can be used on a wide range of materials, indoors or out
  • Formulated to dry quickly and minimize dripping
  • Available in a range of colors
  • Available in metallic, gloss, high-gloss, flat/matte, textured, stone, antique, crackle and stained glass finishes
  • Works on a wide range of surfaces wood, metal, wicker, plastic and masonry
  • The largest color selection of any spray paint type
  • Available in a wide variety of finishes: Gloss, Semi-Gloss, Satin, Clear
  • Available with paint and primer in one
  • Interior/Exterior Use
All Surface Spray Paint
  • Takes the guess work out of painting, works on just about any surface, wood, metal, wicker, plastic, masonry, vinyl, glass, fiberglass
  • Available in on-trend premium colors and finishes
  • Available with paint and primer in one
  • Interior/exterior use
Rust-preventative Spray Paint
  • Generally used outdoors and provides a glossy coating that resists fading, cracking and controls rust accumulation
  • Use on bikes, swing sets, cars, motorcycles and more
  • Some formulas provide a bright, sparkling metallic finish
  • Works on metal, masonry, wood, wicker and more
  • Designed with outdoor applications in mind
  • Holds up in the most demanding exterior environments
  • Provides continuous corrosion Protection
  • Available in vibrant colors and unique texture finishes
Professional Enamel Paints
  • Enamels Work on metal, masonry, wood, wicker and more
  • Professional grade and industrial use product
  • Continuous rust and corrosion protection
  • Available in safety or primary colors
  • This category has the fastest dry to the touch time of 15 minutes or less
Professional Enamel Marking & Striping Spray Paint
  • Striping and marking paints can be used on blacktop, concrete, soil, wood and grass
  • Use marking paints to indicate utility lines, danger areas and more
  • Professional enamel paints dry quickly and provide excellent gloss and color retention
  • Look to these products to create custom craft, decorative looks or paint items that seem impossible to coat
Special Use Paints
  • Unique application, surface changes, aesthetic looks or tough to paint objects
  • Create custom craft, decorative looks or paint items that seem impossible to coat
  • Products that create chalkboards, dry-erase boards, magnetic surfaces, mirrored surfaces, frost
  • Effects, glitter surfaces, lacquer finishes, glazed pottery looks or leafing metallic looks, fluorescent paints
  • Products that stick to high heat surfaces, vinyl, tubs & tile, farm equipment, roofs
  • Wide variety of products for use on metal and plastic auto parts
  • Durable, holds up to demands of vehicle use
  • Use to redo an entire vehicle or touch up normal wear
  • Products for priming, engines, calipers, wheels, temporary color changes, bumpers, undercoating, truck beds and more
  • Primarily exterior use products
Types of Spray Paint
Description Feature/Benefits
Appliance Paint Appliance Washable, moisture-resistant epoxy that can be applied to washers, dryers and more
Chalkboard - Spray Paint Chalkboard Converts wood, metal, plastic or glass surfaces to a chalkboard, making it ideal for use in children’s bedrooms and playrooms
Flat Enamel - Spray Paint Enamel Offers a hard finish for tables and other furniture both indoors and out
Frosted - Spray Paint Frosted Decorative yet functional finish that reduces glare and adds privacy to windows
High Heat - Spray Paint High heat Resists heat up to 1,200° F, making it ideal for use on grills and auto engines
Vinyl - Spray Paint Vinyl Renews the appearance of vinyl upholstery and can be used on luggage, car and boat seats, dashboards and more

Fluorescent colors: While fluorescent colors may be a little too bright for everyday use, they can jazz up a variety of objects for parties and holidays. They also come in handy for making signs or marking safety equipment and other objects you want to stand out from their surroundings.

Spray pattern: If you’re tackling a big job, look for a nozzle with a fan-shape spray pattern that will distribute paint over a larger area. Some nozzles use an oval-shaped pattern instead of a circular one and allow you to rotate them to adjust for horizontal and vertical application.

Cars: You’ll probably want to leave major paint jobs to the professionals, but simple touchups can be easily accomplished with spray paint. Two-component products mix components when the aerosol button is pressed, saving you time and effort.

Special effects: If you’re looking for something different and unique, try mirror finish, rippled effect or glow-in-the-dark spray paint.

Application Tips

While spray paint requires little more than the push of a button to apply, there are cases where you’ll need to do a little prep work. Application instructions apply to most spray paints but not all. Always read complete instructions of the product you select and follow them closely.

Prep Before Painting
  • If possible, place cardboard around the item to prevent overspray and cover nearby items with a drop cloth
  • Remove rust or loose paint with a wire brush if necessary
  • Clean surface with soap and water. Wipe with clean water and let dry
  • Lightly sand glass or ceramic surfaces before painting so paint adheres better
  • Wood needs to be sanded and wiped clean, and you may need to prime it
  • Use a tack cloth to wipe away residual sanding dust
  • Always work in a well-ventilated area like an outdoor space or garage/workshop with windows and doors open
  • Shake the paint can for 60 seconds prior to use to ensure that paint is properly mixed. The rattling ball inside the can stirs the paint as you shake. Continue to shake can periodically during the painting process
  • Use a primer If coating over a dark color, an especially glossy surface or for a smoother, long-lasting surface
Paint Application Tips
  • HUse a steady back and forth motion that slightly overlaps
  • Begin and end spraying beyond the edge of the surface
  • Apply several light coats to object
  • You’ll likely need to apply more than one coat, depending on your project. Consult the manufacturer’s instructions as to when subsequent coats should be applied, as some paints require that they be added within one hour of initial application or after a certain period of hours or days
  • When you’re done painting, turn the can upside down and spray for five seconds to blow remaining paint out of the nozzle so it doesn’t clog
  • Painting on humid days can lengthen drying time
  • Always work with plenty of light so you can be sure you apply the coats evenly
  • Place cardboard around the object when painting to prevent stains due to overspray and accidental drips
After Painting
  • Allow time for paint to fully dry on your project
  • Wipe off spray tip with mineral spirits following use to prevent clogging