Spray paint tips for flaw­less fur­ni­ture up­dates

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With the warmer weather, now is the ideal time to bring new life to home dé­cor. Whether your out­door items are look­ing worn and weath­ered… or your in­door spa­ces need a pop of colour… spray paint is the per­fect so­lu­tion. To en­sure your fur­ni­ture up­date goes flaw­lessly, fol­low these few tips from the ex­perts at Kry­lon, the na­tion’s leader in spray paint.

Prep Prop­erly

Sur­face prepa­ra­tion is ex­tremely im­por­tant and the best pre­dic­tor of how long your fin­ish will last. The goal is to make your sur­face as smooth as pos­si­ble to en­sure the new paint ad­heres well. Re­move any loose rust or paint by lightly sand­ing. Next, clean sur­faces with soap and wa­ter or de­greaser, if nec­es­sary. Rinse and let your sur­face dry com­pletely. Your sur­face should now be clean, dull and dry.

To Prime or Not to Prime

Primer pre­pares bare metal, wood, can­vas or other ma­te­ri­als to cre­ate a smooth sur­face for paint. It also seals the sur­face to help smoothen out blem­ishes, in­crease spray paint ad­he­sion and im­prove cor­ro­sion re­sis­tance.

While prim­ing is a crit­i­cal step, re­search shows that con­sumers only use a primer 50 per­cent of the time. For high-qual­ity re­sults with fewer steps, look for a prod­uct that says no prim­ing is re­quired.

Choos­ing the Right Prod­uct

It is im­por­tant to choose the prod­uct that meets the needs for your sub­strate – as well as your style.

Plas­tic/Lam­i­nates

With the pop­u­lar­ity of ready-to-as­sem­ble fur­ni­ture made of lam­i­nates or the many plas­tic stor­age items, these sur­faces are prime tar­gets for paint­ing. How­ever, with­out the right prod­uct, your project could turn out less than de­sir­able.

“Most con­sumers don’t re­al­ize that not all plas­tics are the same,” said Denise Pat­ter­son, Kry­lon prod­uct man­ager.“In fact, most spray paints on the mar­ket will not ad­here to the most pop­u­lar plas­tics found in fur­ni­ture, toys and stor­age. Kry­lon’s new Dual Su­per­bond spray paint of­fers a unique for­mu­la­tion that prom­ises qual­ity ad­he­sion to 85 per­cent of plas­tics, as well as hard-to-ad­here sur­faces, such as melamine and lam­i­nates.”

Metal

For metal sur­faces – es­pe­cially those that are ex­posed to out­door el­e­ments – it is im­por­tant to choose a prod­uct that pro­vides rust pro­tec­tion.

“Many prod­ucts that claim rust pro­tec­tion only work when used with an additional primer,” says Pat­ter­son. “Us­ing a com­bi­na­tion prod­uct, such as Dual Su­per­bond Paint + Primer en­sures that all sur­faces will achieve su­pe­rior rust pro­tec­tion with­out a multi-step process.”

Wood

Choos­ing the best spray paint for wood is de­pen­dent on the fin­ish, use and lo­ca­tion of your sur­face. A gen­eral pur­pose spray paint, such as Kry­lon Color­Mas­ter, is an ideal choice for wood. This new prod­uct of­fers the widest colour se­lec­tion with nearly 70 colours and fin­ishes.

Spray­ing Specifics

Be­fore you spray, shake your can for about two min­utes. Next, hold the can 6 to 8 inches away from the sur­face and use sev­eral thin coats of spray paint in­stead of one thick coat. Be­gin and fin­ish your spray pat­tern off the ob­ject us­ing an even side-to-side mo­tion, re­leas­ing the tip at the end of each pass. Try to over­lap your spray pat­tern by about one-third with each pass.

As you pre­pare to paint new life into your home dé­cor, these few tips and tricks will en­sure your project is pain­less and pretty… for years to come. For more paint­ing tips or in­for­ma­tion on Kry­lon prod­ucts, visit www.kry­lon.ca.

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