Using Spray Paint?

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When working with spray paint there are a few things to keep in mind. First do your research in order to purchase the correct paint for your project taking into consideration the surface to be painted and the location of the finished piece. You will also want to use the best technique for applying the paint. Multiple thin layers are preferred over one thick one.

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November 15, 2017

Are Krylon spray paint and acrylic craft paint compatible? I have tried Rustoleum spray paint and the acrylic craft paint does not adhere.

I want to use this with a stencil. What is the best way to make sure the craft paint sticks?


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November 15, 20170 found this helpful
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Choose a good acrylic enamel spray paint, or simply look for a paint designed to bond with whatever your painting.Then spray paint in even sweeps across your surface. Be careful not to allow any pooling, and take the time to make sure there are no uneven areas you only get one chance.I need to know the surface your painting first.

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November 16, 20170 found this helpful
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If you are using a stencil, it is best to buy stencil paint from the craft store. One good stencil paint is DecoArt Stencil Paint. This won't run or bleed around the edges of your stencil.


Furthermore, when picking a paint to use on a project, it is best to buy a paint for the surface you are working on. For example, wood has one type of paint that should be used and this paint won't work with glass.

If you're trying to stencil on T-shirts you'll need a different paint for this project. If you could give us an idea of the project, it would be a lot easier to tell you what brand of paint to use.

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September 4, 2007

Can anyone tell me the proper way to use spray paint? I have never liked using them but I must now. I want to spray varnish onto some wood. Is it better to spray in short bursts or one long spray? Thank you.

Lisa from Thessaloniki, Greece


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September 6, 20070 found this helpful
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The main key on spray paint is to use long sprays but to keep the can moving in long sweeping strokes. If you spray too long in one spot you get drips. You also want to do several light coats rather than one heavy coat.


Don't try to get the paint even on the first go around, for one it never works and the paint will look even when you get 2 or 3 coats on there. Good luck.

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September 24, 20070 found this helpful
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To add to the previous post......When starting to spray, start spraying about 6" before the piece, continue across and keep spraying until off the piece. Results will be much smoother.

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