Can I paint with spray paint?

Can I paint this bedside table with spray paint?
q painting a table with spray paint, painted furniture
  11 answers
  • Beth Ward Beth Ward on Jun 23, 2015
    Yes? Why not. Just prepare the surface with some light sanding, Next clean it off and then spray it.

  • Upstater Upstater on Jun 23, 2015
    It looks like laminate so you might want to put a coat of primer down first.

  • Charlotte Wood Eckel Charlotte Wood Eckel on Jun 23, 2015
    It's definitely and paint will not adhere without a good primer.

  • Anna Ibarra Anna Ibarra on Jun 23, 2015
    You can also try liquid sander, but definitely use primer or a good sanding.

  • Debi53 Debi53 on Jun 23, 2015
    I agree with everyone else. You can paint it, but definitely use liquid sandpaper. It is the best! It will help make the surface tacky so the primer will stick better. Also consider a bonding primer which really adheres to slick surfaces. Here is a link that shows how to take regular paint (or primer) & convert it to "spray paint." Hope this helps.

  • Marion Nesbitt Marion Nesbitt on Jun 24, 2015
    Agree that surface must be roughened a bit first. I have used the spray on version of Zinzer 123 with good results. For the top coat, you could spray on, or use one of the self-levelling paints that give you the really smooth surface you used to get with oil-based paint. I believe Benjamin Moore has this, for one.

  • Rosa B Rosa B on Jun 24, 2015
    I have one of those little sprayers and I love it.

  • Shari Shari on Jun 24, 2015
    Just about anything can be painted these days. However, spray paint from an aerosol can would be my last choice of paint for furniture because I can never get it to spray on large flat surfaces without looking splotchy. Splotchy is not pretty or professional. If I was going to paint that, I would do it like I have done dozens of other pieces. I would give it a good wipe down with a liquid sandpaper product (also known as "deglosser"). If liquid sandpaper is not available to you then rough it up a little with some sandpaper. Then apply one or two light coats of a good bonding primer. Once that had dried well, I would use a couple of thin coats of regular interior latex paint applied either with a paint sprayer (if you have one or can borrow one), or with a roller and brush. Apply thin coats until you get the coverage you want, making sure to allow plenty of drying time between coats. Latex paint takes time to harden so in order to get the most durable paint job, the paint really should be allowed to dry longer between coats. In most cases, "dry to the touch" is not long enough. A protective top coat is optional. It is almost impossible now to buy paint without primer already mixed into it here in the U.S. If you can get paint without primer where you are, I would suggest you use it. In my experience it works much better on furniture than the primer/paint combos. If you buy a paint with primer already in it, do not skip the bonding primer step. A good bonding primer is one of the key steps to getting paint to adhere to non-porous/smooth surfaces.

  • Alice Scofield Alice Scofield on Jun 24, 2015
    Rustoleum 2X is my new LOVE…It comes in matte, satin, and gloss. It covers everything! It looks great. I like to use a spray handle with as it keeps me from getting a tired finger and spraying splotchy.

    • Dee Dee on Jun 25, 2016
      I use the same paint but I also use the Rustoleum primer for autos and it works great on any surface. That piece is small enough that it should work with no more than 2 cans of spray paint.

  • Annie Doherty Annie Doherty on Jun 25, 2016
    As Marion above recommends Zinsser bullseye 123 primer is excellent for laminate, wood, metal in fact most surfaces, can be diluted without compromising the article, dries quickly. Then personally I would use an Eggshell paint as for me I find it very hard wearing and doesn't need re- touching up or re-painting very quickly and can be washed down easily. Good luck with your project.

  • Debra Bergert Debra Bergert on Mar 03, 2017
    i love all the great ideas. i love to paint stuff but hate doing all the prep, my back gets soooo sore and have arthritic hands. but think i will try that liquid sandpaper stuff and a i agree with using regular paint for a piece of furniture tho as opposed to spraying. i spray painted plastic waste can for kitchen, picture frames, a big metal star, lampshades, anything i can get my hands on ....haha thanks for all the good advice everyone.