5 Tips for Applying Metallic Spray Paint

Metallic spray painting provides a shine on surfaces similarly to metal. You can apply metallic spray paint on big surfaces like walls, or small surfaces such as a doorknob, or even objects like a racecar. When using metallic spray paint, you should use it carefully to get the best results possible. Here are some tips on getting the best results when using metallic spray paint.

Step 1: Prepare Your Work Area

Prepare your work area. If you want to spray only a specific area in a room, then cover the rest of the room in plastic. Because metallic spray paint leaves traces of paint everywhere, you would have to put all of the things outside of the room, and leave the room with nothing in it. If you are applying the paint on a small object such as a racecar, then put old newspapers on the floor and do the painting on the papers. Also, do the painting on an isolated area so you won’t get paint on anything else.

Step 2: Sand and prime your object

Since metallic spray paint makes things shiny, you would have to apply it on smooth surfaces to get the best effect. If an object is not smooth, then you would have to sand it to make it smooth. If the walls of your room are unsmooth, then buy sandpaper from your local hardware store, and rub the sandpaper against the walls. Pick up the shavings when you are done. Also, try to prime the surface if it’s not primed already. There are spray primers available which helps you with complex surfaces.

Step 3: Basecoat Your object

Basecoat the object with an appropriate color. An example of base coating would be grey or black with silver paint under it. If you don’t know which color to apply, then experiment it somewhere else, or again go to your local hardware store and ask them for help.

Step 4: Apply the First Coat

Apply first coat of paint lightly. You should still be able to see the basecoat through the first coat of paint. Try to spray the object horizontally, because it would look nicer than in a random motion.

Step 5: Apply the Second Coat

Apply the second coat after the first has dried. It should still be applied in a horizontal position, but it has to be heavier. If the surface or object is completely gelled and glossed, then you have done it perfectly. If the surface/object still looks dry, then you have applied too little. If the paint is drooling from the walls, or when the object is held vertically, then you have applied too much.

Additional Tips

If this is your first time spray painting, then enlist the help of someone else who has done this before. Go to your local hardware store and get some tips from there, and if you want to basecoat your object then get help from the store, or from the Internet. If you are spraying over an object, then experiment spraying over something else before you does it on the real thing.