Tips for spray painting?

by JaBro
  5 answers
  • JaBro JaBro on Nov 29, 2017

    Sent that off too soon!

    I have never used spray paint, although I think I have a grasp of how to go about it. What I would like to know is what kind of spray paint to use on various materials. Are some of them better for wood furniture, and others for plastic? Has anyone spray-painted Metal objects that will be used to hold food? I have a wrought iron dish drainer that has rusted but can’t find anything labeled food safe at my local big box store, and I’m afraid to use anything else.

  • Dianacirce70 Dianacirce70 on Nov 29, 2017

    Do you have a question about spray painting with canned spray paint? It is my medium of choice for a lot of projects. Rustoleum works great on a wide variety of surfaces, from plastic to wood to metal, and covers well. Their standard line comes in matte, satin and gloss, and they have a clear sealant in those finishes, as well. Make sure you use it in a well ventilated area, and use slow even sweeping strokes to paint. If it gets on too thick it can run, but that is easy to sand and redo. Hope I've helped!

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    • Dianacirce70 Dianacirce70 on Nov 30, 2017

      I tend to use the satin when I do projects I want to make shabby chic, or antiqued. I use a lot of spray paint, and then stains for aging. I have never gotten into the chalk paint kick, since I have no issues getting that look with spray paint. Good luck!

  • 27524803 27524803 on Nov 29, 2017

    The dish drainer may have to be re-purposed to hold some thing other that dishes you use every day... but an internet search may give you a food safe sealer or paint to use on it (Naval Jelly will destroy the rust.. and a food safe clear sealer keep the patina)

    There are paints just for use on plastics and paints made for use on metals (like Rustoleum) and there are specialty paints made for bar-b-ques, fireplaces,tile, etc. Most "all purpose" paints will work on wood... but there are spray stains available too.

    Like any project.... sanding and priming are usually necessary for a good quality finished product... You need to use the whole "paint system" with some of the specialty paints.. as the primer, paint and sealer are formulated to work together.

  • Dianacirce70 Dianacirce70 on Nov 29, 2017

    If you use a wire brush to get all the debris from the rust off the strainer you can spray paint it and use a food safe sealant to separate the painted surface from dishes and food

  • JaBro JaBro on Nov 29, 2017

    Thanks so much. I never worked with naval jelly ( I know I’ve heard of it but not really understood what it does). I’m guessing it will help with my rusted patio table as well.