There’s no doubt that spray painting old pieces of furniture is a cheaper way to transform otherwise redundant items. A lot of homeowners that store old pieces of furniture tend to just arrange a date to take it all to the local waste site or donate it to a local charity store.

Fortunately, if you’re going to spray paint furniture we have created this free guide to help you identify exactly what you’re going to need and a full twelve step process to help you make sure that you coat your items easily.

Items you Need to Spray Paint Furniture:

You cannot simply go to a local store or buy a can of spray paint online and expect it to work on every material. Before you commit to making a purchase, make sure that you have completed your research before.

If you want to spray paint a wardrobe, make sure that the paint you want to use is suitable for woodwork. If you’re struggling to find a reliable source, consider contacting a removals company in London – many of them work closely with creative interior designers and may well have a good understanding of wooden spray paints for use.

These are the items that you will generally need when you spray paint:

  • Spray paint
  • Sandpaper
  • Wire brush
  • Newspaper
  • Screwdriver
  • Damp cloth

General Tips for Spray Painting Furniture:

If you’ve never spray painted before, then it’s a good idea to read up on the painting process before you begin.

We’ve listed a few general spray painting tips that you can implement into your project whether the aerosol paint you need is for painting car parts or an old item of furniture.

Alloy wheel spray paints are very popular and contain different mixes unlike the paints used for wooden objects. The application for these materials is also different.

Consider the below points before you start:

  • Avoid painting in direct sunlight or in high temperature conditions
  • Make sure that you read the application instructions in full on the rear of the can
  • Consider using a primer aerosol to make your paint job last longer
  • Keep the can moving when spraying, try not to stop or be rigid
  • Make a number of thin applications, not one thick coating
  • Remember to cover any surrounding objects to prevent overspray
  • Clean the tip of the spray can before storing

How To Spray Paint Furniture:

Before you start, you need to know what spray paints you’re going to be using. Browse our range of custom spray paints to find a colour that is suitable for the material that you’re going to be working on.

If you have chosen a paint, make sure that you have prepared the furniture for coating. We don’t mean by moving it into a well-ventilated room (that is needed) but you need to make sure that it is clean.

Items that contain dirt and grit may not be coated as easily. Use a cleaning solution or warm soapy water to clean the furniture thoroughly.

Depending on the items age, you may need to remove any flaking bits of old paint. The best way to do this is to use a small piece of sandpaper or a wire brush. Use either material to brush across the wood and remove the older pieces of paint. If you’re happy with the item once the sandpaper has removed the flaking pieces use a damp cloth to make it clear.

Using a small amount of kitchen roll or suitable paper sheets, make sure that the furniture is dry before you begin painting. If your item contains any hardware such as handles, knobs or fittings, make sure that they have been removed and cover the areas that are not going to be painted.

As we mentioned earlier, make sure that you have placed the item in a well-ventilated area. If you can complete the spraying outside, that’s a bonus.

Remember to spray paint the item evenly. Use fluid movements and apply a number of thin coats instead of one large one. Large coats may be quicker but the quality of the finish will be poor and the coating will not last as long.

Each can is different so remember to use the manufacturers application instructions. Some cans require you to apply the paint using a distance of 30cm. However, some may be close or further away.

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