How to Spray Paint Without Making a Mess

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Spray paint is a marvelous invention that allows almost anyone to paint an object. It's quick and easy to use, but it does require a few precautions to prevent making a mess in the process. Anyone can spray paint without making a mess if they follow these guidelines.

Things You'll Need

  • spray paint
  • newspapers
  • tarp
  • Begin by choosing a well ventilated area to work in. I strongly recommend that any spray painting job be done in the garage or workshop; not in the house.

  • Cover the area with old newspapers to prevent damage to the floor or table from over-spray. Move any valuable items well out of the reach of the spray.

  • Spray a thin even coat of spray paint on the object and allow to dry.

  • You can spray paint outside under optimum conditions. Choose a warm clear day with no wind. A sudden gust of wind can carry spray paint much further than you may anticipate.

  • Find a location that is away from buildings, flowerbeds, clothes lines or anything else your mother might consider valuable.

  • Spread an old tarp on the ground, otherwise you will end up painting the lawn, too, and that's sure not to go over well, either.

  • Spray the object with a thin even coat of paint and let dry. If you want a thicker coat of paint reapply once the first coat has dried.

Tips & Warnings

  • Know where pets and small children are at all times. When kitty returns to the house sporting the newest shade of blue, someone is going to pay!

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