Spray-painting tips for flawless furniture updates

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 one 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.

CHOOSING THE RIGHT PRODUCT 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.”

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

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.