6 Tips for Using Epoxy Spray Paint
Using epoxy spray paint in small projects provides a durable, scratch, dirt resistant, grime resistant, and clean finish. It is quickly becoming the best product for use in household projects because of its adhesiveness to a wide variety of materials and its waterproof properties. Epoxy paint can provide a long-lasting beautiful surface for years. Here are 6 tips to remember when using epoxy spray paint.
1. Keep the Paint Nozzle Moving
Always keep the spray paint nozzle moving by making even sweeping movements. If you stop your hand, the paint will be allowed to build up in one spot. This will cause an uneven surface to develop. Epoxy spray paint is often thinner than the regular epoxy paint that is mixed, and it will sag and run if applied too heavily.
2. Start with a Clean, Dry Surface
Do not use epoxy spray paint on unclean or rusted surfaces. If the surface is rusted, use a wire brush or sandpaper to scrub the flakes of rust off. If spraying on a wood surface, make sure it is sanded and free of all chips and splinters. Make sure all surfaces are cleaned with soapy water and allowed to dry thoroughly before you proceed.
3. Make Sure to Read All the Instructions
Epoxy paint is made up of a resin and a hardener mixed together. Some epoxy spray cans may come with special instructions. For example, one brand of epoxy spray paint has a plunger that is inserted into a tube at the base of the can. This releases the hardener into the resin so the paint can begin to cure. Make sure that all instructions are read before you begin your project in order to get the best use of your paint.
4. Do Not Store Epoxy Spray Paints in Extreme Temperatures
Take care in where you store your unused spray paint cans. Extreme hot or cold temperate can severely shorten the shelf life of your paint. Store the can at room temperature. Do not store after use. In true epoxy spray paints, the paint will cure after the hardener has been released resulting in the paint hardening into a big clump in the can after some time has passed.
5. Be Safe
Make sure your work area is well ventilated. Epoxy paint fumes are poisonous. If possible, open a door or a window. If necessary, wear a mask and gloves to ensure fumes are not breathed in or chemicals are not absorbed through the skin. Safety glasses are also recommended to keep any droplets of paint from getting into your eyes.
6. Beware of Sunlight
Do not use Epoxy spray paint on items that will be in direct sunlight. Lighter colors fade and yellow quickly. Sunlight causes the paint to lose its glossiness and become dull. The sun rays will also cause brittleness to occur causing your paint to chip off. Epoxy paint is best used for indoor objects like cabinets or appliances. If you must use epoxy spray paint on anything outdoors, it is a good idea to apply a clear coat of another paint over it.