Asked on Sep 1, 2020

Techniques for spray painting furniture ?

Simple Nature DecorCarrie @ Curly Crafty MomMorgan McBride


16 answers
  • K. Rupp
    K. Rupp
    on Sep 1, 2020

    Make sure you start the spray off the piece and gradually move back and forth to create an even spray. If not you will get more spitting, drips and pooling when you start spraying right onto the piece. If you are spray painting wood, I would seal it with a spray sealer like polycrylic so you don't get flaking and chipping.

  • Johnavallance82
    on Sep 1, 2020

    Hello Rat,

    First, do the project in the open air or in a well ventilated room. Cover the floor with dust sheets or newspaper to save your flooring. Use the sprayer in a side to side sweeping mod, back and forth across the item, but not too close otherwise you will get runs. Practice this method, before tackling the project, so you know what you are doing !

    Hope that helps.....

  • Redcatcec
    on Sep 1, 2020

    Some good suggestions from K. Rupp!

    I would add spray in light layers to avoid drips and runs.

  • Spray about 8 inches from the surface and extend the spray out from the piece (don't stop at the edge) to get an even paint job.

  • Chloe Crabtree
    Chloe Crabtree
    on Sep 1, 2020

    Here is a nice video tutorial with tips for spray painting furniture:

  • I think it depends on what you're trying to accomplish but generally do light coats holding the spray can about 8-12" away from the piece.

  • Kathy Gunter Law
    Kathy Gunter Law
    on Sep 1, 2020

    Scuff with fine steel wool. Clean with TSP or denatured alcohol. Prime. Spray paint with long even strokes, making sure you do it lightly with no runs or drips.

  • Betsy
    on Sep 2, 2020

    Hi Rat: I've done this several times. If you are painting resin or plastic, be sure to get a paint that's especially for that. What ever you are painting, get the correct paint. I'm not sure what you are painting, or how heavy it is, but if it's a big heavy piece, put it on something you won't have to stoop to paint. Put blocks of wood, a bit smaller than the legs, under each leg to lift it off of the paper or whatever you are using as a tarp. This way, any drips will be able to be wiped or sanded off without any harm to the legs. Then, no matter what you are painting, patience is the key. Keep the spray can about 6 or 7 inches away from the surface, start at the top and use light back and forth sweeping strokes. Otherwise you will get sags or drips. And, coat the item very lightly. Three or 4 coats are usually good to cover an item. Let it dry between coats. Avoid rushing this, you will get a mess. If you do get runs or sags, have a foam brush on hand to wipe them away. Use light strokes to do this, and then re-spray. Patience and a steady hand helps. Good luck.

  • Jeremy Hoffpauir
    Jeremy Hoffpauir
    on Sep 2, 2020

    Do you want to paint or spray a wood stain/finish?

  • Vimarhonor
    on Sep 4, 2020

    Hello. Proper prep can yield a wonderful job. The spray paint formulations have improved so much over the years.

    After cleaning, prime with Zinsser Shellac Based Bin. I find the spray can option is really easy to work with. Light spraying works best. After priming lightly sanded any rough spots down and removed the dust again.

    Additionally if you’re gonna do a lot of spray painting in your future —Rustoleum in makes a comfort grip accessory for spray can attachments it is a wonderful asset to keep your hand comfortable and to get a nice performance from your spray can nozzle.

    Spray paint

    Rustoleum recommendations


    Always work in a well-ventilated area. Cover the floor and nearby items with a drop cloth. Lightly scuff any glossy surfaces and wipe clean with a lint-free cloth. Use Painter’s tape to hide any surfaces you don’t want to paint.


    Using slow, back-and-forth motions, spray paint each item with several light coats of spray paint, making sure to overlap each stroke slightly. Apply 2-3 coats of spray paint, waiting a few minutes in between each coat.


    Let spray paint dry for approximately 1 hour before handling.

    Tip: Use of 2X Ultra Cover Primer in White provides better paint coverage and color.

  • Morgan McBride
    Morgan McBride
    on Sep 4, 2020

    Use many light coats to avoid drips. Takes forever but much better results!

  • Carrie @ Curly Crafty Mom
    Carrie @ Curly Crafty Mom
    on Sep 5, 2020

    I'd work outside or somewhere that is ventilated. Do thin even sprays and let it dry in-between coats. Have enough cans on hand so you don't have to run back to the store.

  • Simple Nature Decor
    Simple Nature Decor
    on Sep 7, 2020

    12 inches from objects and slowly go back and forth motion.

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