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Spray Paint Guide - Technique

This technique guide has been created to discuss the dos and don'ts of applying your spray paint. So whether you're working with walls, furniture, or cars, it's important to remember that a good technique is essential for even results. Read Fat Buddha Store's top five tips below.

1. One of the most overlooked beginner's steps in spray painting is usually the very first thing people get wrong. A spray can isn't a camera. Don't point and shoot. To get an even coat of paint, sweep the can horizontally and vertically past the object as you spray. For example, if you're moving left to right, you begin spraying to the left of the object, onto the object, and then to the right of the object.

2. Thin lines are usually used for details such as highlights on a throw up or the nooks of a lamp or ornament. The closer the can is to the object, the thinner the line will be. For the finest of lines we recommend using the Montana outline cap, which uses a small, plastic straw for accuracy, while tilting the can roughly 45 degrees to achieve the least distance between you and your project. Very thin lines need to be applied fairly quickly to avoid unwanted dripping.

3. For filling in large areas, it is important to use an efficient technique that will prolong the life of a can and more importantly, deliver a professional finish by avoiding thick layers that can peel and flake when exposed to the elements. The diagram below shows us effective ways to paint fills.

4. Like all of the techniques shown, gradients require practice as slightly different variations will apply to different brands, cans, nozzles and types of paint. Generally, you want to point the can at your project so it is parallel then rotate depending on the width of the gradient you want to achieve. The more you rotate away from the surface the larger the coverage of the gradient is going to be. See the diagram below as a guide. 
5. Small dots can also become a nuisance especially for beginners, but again, practice makes perfect. Hold the can upside down and spray as if you're blowing the cap clean. Stop spraying at the moment the paint stops flowing and only propellant is being expelled. With the can still upside down, press down on the cap to spray a perfect dot. Practice several times before using this technique. The trick is to stop the spray at exactly the right moment before spraying again to create a dot. Again, different nozzles will produce different results.
Tips: Rubber gloves will save your hands from paint, wear old clothing that you don't mind getting dirty and when you buy your paint cans, make sure they're all the same brand.