Spray painting can be a really great hobby, an art and a passion. However, there are some spray painting techniques that one should be able to understand and remember in order to create a perfect output. Painting models made of wood, metal or plastic can be great canvases for a spray painting project. Listed below are some easy spray painting techniques for you to follow in order to make your project more worthwhile.
Plastics Do Not Need Primers
While most other surfaces, such as wood, cloth or cement, will need a primer prior to the painting job, plastics do not need primers. Plastics already have a smooth surface. They just need to be cleaned. To clean plastics, you can wash it with lukewarm water and dry it thoroughly.
Wear a Mask and Goggles when Airbrushing
Airbrushing is a great way to make a wonderful finish. However, you have to have a lot of patience. Remember to always gently press the trigger so as not to splash the paint. It is also important to have an even and constant motion to prevent the paint from bunching up and creating a blob. When painting the model, never start painting directly or stopping while still on it. Start away from the model and end away from it so as not to create splatters and prevent paint from dripping. And finally, airbrush painting can be very hazardous to your respiratory system as well as your eyes, therefore keep in mind to wear a mask and goggles and keep your work area well-ventilated.
Spray Painting Is a Quick Procedure
If you have very large areas to cover, spray painting is the best method. Paints can be of many colors and in cans of different sizes. Remember to test the paint first before spraying on the object. Spray painting is fast. Know your safest distance to get the best result. When you are too close to your object, the paint will tend to splatter too much and drip. If the distance is too far, the paint will tend to dry up too fast and you will probably get an orange peel. It is suggested that you keep a distance of about 6 to 12 inches away, but it is always good to do a trial and error kind of experiment first.
Always Keep Your Work Area Protected
While spray painting may be fast and an efficient way to do the coloring job, it can also be messy to the floor or your table. Remember always to put newspapers on the floor or table to protect these from paint sprays.
Let First Paint Dry
When two or more colors are being used on the object, let the first set of colors dry for at least an hour before working on another color. This is to avoid mixing of the colors and to let the previous color properly ‘set’ on the object.