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Tips For Spray Painting Your House

February 10, 2017

How To Use Aerosol Cans For House Painting





Spray painting your house, both inside and out, is a quick and efficient method of painting. Spray painting will leave walls smooth and more evenly painted than paint rollers and brushes. However, there are tips and gear you need to safely spray paint your home. If you have any questions about house painting, contact local painting contractors for more information. The following tips will be useful when deciding whether or not to spray paint your home:


Clear the Room


If you are painting inside, make sure to clear the room to avoid getting paint on anything. If you have furniture that is too heavy to move, cover it and the floors in canvas drop cloths or plastic sheeting.

Patch up Holes

Patch all cracks and holes using drywall joint compound. Sand the patches afterwards until they are very smooth—you don’t want to notice them after you’ve finished painting.


Clean the Walls


Use a solution of water and trisodium phosphate (TSP) or powdered laundry detergent to wash the walls.


Remove Outlet Cover Plates


After removing all electrical outlet cover plates, cover the exposed wires and holes with plastic and masking tape.


Find Flaws


Shine a work light on the walls at different angles to find any dirt or imperfections that need to be patched and sanded down.


Use a Mask


Since aerosol paint fumes are harmful to breathe in, use a painting mask or respirator to protect yourself and to avoid getting dizzy.


Ventilate the Room


Make sure all fans are on and windows and doors are open to properly ventilate the room and get rid of the toxic fumes.


Shake the Spray Cans


Aerosol paint cans need to be shaken until the marble inside is loose and rattling around. The more you shake it, the better the spray will be. If it gets clogged, shake it, turn it upside down, and press the spray button. The pressure should eventually unclog the nozzle.


Apply the Primer


Using a primer paint will result in a durable and smoother finish. Read the instructions on the can for spraying distance and drying time.


Apply the Colour


Once the primer has dried, you can start spraying the coloured paint. Spray the paint using wide sweeps across, from one side to another. Cover the entire wall with one coat for an even finish. Apply multiple thin coats of paint to get the job done. Let the paint job dry, and ventilate your home until the fumes are gone.


Dispose of the Cans Properly


Clean the nozzles of the paint cans. If the aerosol cans are empty, they can be recycled with regular cans. If they are not empty, they are considered hazardous waste and must be taken to a Hazardous Waste Depot.


If this DIY painting seems overwhelming, consult with painting contractors to get your house painting done with ease.

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