How to Spray Paint
If you've never used spray paint before, don't worry - it's far easier than you think. Just follow these simple instructions from the experts at Rust-Oleum and you'll be up and running in no time.
Before you begin, make sure you're in a well ventilated area. After reading the instructions begin shaking the can for the stated amount of time. For most spray paints it is recommended you begin counting time once the can makes a noticeable rattling sound.
Put some old newspaper down and practice your spraying technique. Note that if you go too fast or leave the can pointing at one spot too long, you'll get uneven gloss. Practice spraying in slightly overlapping stripes.
Carefully prepare the object ensuring it is clean and dry. Prime where necessary. Test the paint on an inconspicuous area of the object to be painted to ensure colour compatibility. Use a specialist primer as necessary.
Carefully mask any areas of the object not to be painted. Apply the paint quickly at the recommended spraying distance, alternating between moving the can from left to right and up and down. Pause to shake the can at regular intervals during painting. Be sure to slightly overlap on each stroke to prevent striping. Apply several thin coats and allow to dry for the stated time before re-coating.