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How Do I Spray Paint My Furniture With an HVLP Paint Gun

Spray painting is a favorite past time of many people. Many people have been very successful at spray painting and know all about it. They could be considered expects just from their experience alone.

Wood Table Ready to Spray Paint

What type of things would one want or find a need to spray paint? Such furniture pieces as kitchen tables, kitchen table chairs, wooden bar stools, wicker outside furniture pieces, rocking chairs are some of the more popular choices.

You may have other furniture pieces that you would like to either touch up. or just redo all together. Here are some more pieces to choose from. Dressers, end tables, vanities, lawn furniture, and filing cabinets. Also have you thought about using spray paint on wicker furniture, bathroom cabinets, baby cribs and kitchen cupboards to name a few. I sure you have some ideas to add to this list.

Supplies Needed to Do the Job

To do the job well, and to do it properly, in the easiest fashion and to obtain the best results here is a list of painting supplies you will need.

Spray paint, plastic to lay on the floor to protect against over spraying, primer, sand paper and a wood block. You will also need to have, a mask to put over your nose and mouth, and eye protection goggles as well as some tack cloth.

Types of Paint to Consider for Spraying

Enamel, acrylic, latex and you can look at a special paint made specifically for plastics.

Acrylic Paint: used because it is fast drying, it is water soluble, for cleaning up mistakes and painting equipment and then it becomes water resistant when dry. Finished acrylic painting can resemble a watercolor or an oil painting, as it has its own unique characteristics not attainable with other media.

You will find that Acrylic resins are better for interiors and exteriors for these reasons…

  1. Better stain protection and can be washed
  2. Water resistance
  3. Better adhesion to surface areas
  4. Better blocking (some people call this “strap down”)
  5. Resist cracking and blistering better
  6. Resistance to alkali cleaners

Latex paint can be used as well. One thing you should know is that latex paint doesn’t have any latex in it. What is put into latex paint is not natural latex from trees, but polymers that have qualities that resemble the qualities of latex and look like latex as well.

Enamel paint is a dry hard paint. However the finish is usually a glossy finish. This paint will dry considerably slower than acrylic paint for example. As normal an acrylic paint may dry as quick as in 10 minutes.

Enamel is usually used to paint items that reside outdoors. Because of the elements the enamel paint will protect the surface areas much longer and much better than other paints.

Another paint we should discuss is a spray paint that has been especially designed for plastics. It is ColoMaster Plastic Primer by Krylon.

This paint has received great reviews and many strong accolades for the great qualities it brings to spray painting plastic items. Here are a few of the best qualities of ColorMaster.

  • Promotes adhesion on plastic surfaces
  • True paint color is achieved
  • Dries in 10 minutes or under to be touched
  • Dries to be handled by 1 hour later

Preparing Your Space (area) To Spray Paint

You will need to find a good area to actually do your spray painting work. You may find it is best to use either an outside area, or if the weather is bad that day, maybe a large garage or a large basement area.

You should definitely have a mask to wear, and safety goggles as well. Some things to think about are if you are outside any wind could cause something to get paint on it that you may not meant to be painted.

The wind could cause your finish to be less than perfect as paint mist gets blown about unevenly.

Also you will want conditions to be well suited as in what the temperature is. Not too hot nor too cold. Also ventilation will be important to you. You should open the windows and doors if you are inside, so there is a place for the fumes to go.

Prepping your furniture piece is very important. You will need to check for loose screws, attachments, and or cracks in the surface area.

Tighten these up, check for any loose pieces of wood. Sand down any uneven spots or areas. Then you will want to clean and dry these areas. Using primer paint first, this will help your paint to adhere evenly and well to your surface area.

Instructions To Spray Paint Furniture

1. Spread out plastic sheeting or if doing only one chair, a cardboard spray booth.

2. Sand the surface area with medium (60 – 100 grit) sandpaper.

3. Wash the surface well with detergent and hot water. This will help to remove any grease or dirt. Then let it dry.

4. If the spray paint does not have a primer in it, spray one coat of primer over the surface. Let dry.

You will need to shake the can vigorously for one minute after the ball rattles. Make sure you hold the paint can upright and about 10” – 15” from surface.

It works best if you spray in a steady back and forth motion, slightly overlapping as you work.

Keep the can in motion as you spray. Apply 2 or more light coats a few minutes apart. Let dry. If you need to apply more paint or a clear coat to protect. Try to do this within an hour, otherwise you should probably wait 24 hours before you apply another coat.

You need to pay close attention to corners, arms, legs or ornate details, as that’s where you are likely to get drips. It may look stripy initially, but those will be covered as you add more paint.

The best thing about spray paint compared to regular paint is that it takes less than 10 minutes to dry between coats, making for a quick job. Darker colors may require more coats than lighter colors. Let each coat dry completely, then assess if you want to add another.