Painting furniture can be a hassle. While I enjoy spending time painting for hours, most people do not. One great way to cut down on the hassle is to spray paint furniture rather than use a brush and a bucket of paint. There are many benefits to spray painting furniture.
Spray Painting Furniture Saves You Time…Spray painting furniture takes half the time of painting furniture the conventional way which means you can start your project in the morning and have it in the room of choice by the time the sun goes down.
You Won’t Burn A Hole In Your Pockets… Compared to traditional painting products, spray painting tools are extremely cheap! A can of spray paint costs anywhere from $3-$5, whereas a can of paint costs about $30 a gallon.
Avoid Drips and Paint Brush Strokes… The struggle with painting furniture is that it is very hard to avoid visible brush strokes and paint drips. When you spray paint furniture you are able to avoid all of that and get a nice clean finish on your furniture!
In this post I will discuss the common questions that people have about spray painting furniture.
1. Should I Use Primer?
It’s not necessary to prime your furniture before you spray paint it, but if you don’t plan on sanding down your piece before painting, I would suggest priming it. My favorite primer is Rustoleum Ultra Coverage Flat Gray Primer. It goes great under dark and light colors and really helps the spray paint adhere well.
2. Do I Need To Sand My Furniture Before I Spray Paint It?
Sanding furniture that you plan to spray paint isn’t necessarily necessary. It really depends on the condition the piece of furniture is in. If it is chipping and chunks of old paint are falling off then you might want to consider sanding just to ensure the spray paint adheres properly and also for the overall look of the piece.
3. Which Brand Of Spray Paint Works Best?
Choosing a brand of spray paint is usually based off of what color you would like to paint your furniture. I prefer using Rustoleum Ultra Cover x2 Spray Paint, mainly because I feel the paint covers better and you wont need to use as much. However, I also use Krylon spray paints and they tend to work pretty well too.
4. Do I Need To Use A Clear Protective Coat?
If you are spray painting a piece of furniture that will receive a lot of contact, then yes. Furniture such as tables, chairs, and desks could definitely use a clear protective coating on the top. I suggest using Minwax Polycrylic Protective Finish Spray, but using Rustoleum or Krylon protective finishes will work as well.