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					How to Spray Paint Furniture
It is more common to spray paint furniture now that you can buy a wide
variety of spray paints. Spray paint is not only available in a wide
range of colors and textures, but it is now made to cover a variety of
materials. You can spray paint over plastic, metal, wood, wicker and even
stained furniture. There are some basic steps to follow when spray
painting furniture.
<Steps
1Choose the spray paint you will use. Make sure it is the right spray
paint for the type of furniture you are trying to paint. You can purchase
special spray paint for outdoor furniture. Pick a color and texture that
you like. Check the can to see how much you will need to buy to cover
your furniture completely.<
2Wash the furniture well with soap and water if needed. You want the
piece of furniture to be completely clean before you begin spray
painting.
3Rub a piece of sandpaper or a wire brush over the furniture to remove
any loose old paint or rust. If the piece of furniture is unfinished, you
may still want to complete this step to remove any splinters. Using
sandpaper on any surface will rough it up and help the paint to stick to
the surface. Wipe the furniture with a damp cloth after completing this
step.
4Check to be sure to see the furniture is dry before you begin painting.
After you finish cleaning and sanding, you will want to be sure the piece
has time to dry or the paint will not stick.
5Cover any part of the furniture you do not wish to paint, such as a
mirror, with painter's tape and newspaper.
6Remove any hardware from the piece of furniture. You can use a
screwdriver to remove hinges, doorknobs and any other removable parts.
7Place the furniture in a well-ventilated area, preferably outdoors. You
may want to put something underneath the furniture, such as newspaper or
plastic, to protect the ground.
8Shake the can before you begin spraying and several times while you are
spraying. This ensures that the paint goes on in thin coats.
9Spray with even strokes completely covering the piece of furniture. Keep
the can moving to prevent running from too much paint being applied in
one spot.
10Give the paint 1 hour to dry and then apply a second coat. Check the
paint can to see that this drying time is accurate for the type of paint
you are using.
11Hold the can about 1 foot (30 cm) away from the object you are
spraying. If you get too close, you will cause the paint to run.
12Allow the furniture to dry for several hours before placing it in its
new home.<

Tips
It is best to avoid spray painting on a windy day. The majority of your
paint will end up everywhere but on the furniture.
Use a primer to make your paint job last longer.
Spray paint will not stick well to a surface that is slick.
Try to avoid painting on a hot humid day or in direct sunlight.

<Things You'll Need
Spray paint
Sandpaper
Wire brush
Newspaper
Screwdriver
Damp cloth

Sources and Citations
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2004/08/16/earlyshow/living/main636338.sht
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http://www.krylon.com/expert-advice/ask-krylon/outdoor-
furniture/index.jsp

				
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