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How to Spray Paint Like a Pro | Ask This Old House

In this video, This Old House painter Mauro Henrique has finished a deck with spray paint. What do you need to know about choosing and using spray paint?

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Ever wondered about the differences in spray paint and how to use them? This Old House painter Mauro Henrique advises what to look for in spray paint and how to apply it best.

You can use spray paint for a variety of small to medium-sized projects. The variety of spray paint types allow nearly any project the perfect paint for the job. Applying primer before spray painting helps to ensure that your spray paint will have an even finish and smooth out blemishes. Otherwise, you may need several coats of spray paint to get consistent coverage.

Why Apply Spray Paint Primer?
Applying primer before spray painting helps to ensure that your spray paint will have an even finish and smooth out blemishes. Otherwise, you may need several coats of spray paint to get consistent coverage.

However, not every primer is suitable for the same surface. A wood primer spray is not the same as a plastic primer spray paint. They have different properties, and they work on different surfaces. You should first check if the primer you want to buy will be suitable for the surface you want to paint.

How Many Coats of Spray Paint Do You Need?
It is recommended that you apply two coats and allow the proper time frame for drying. Be sure to also sand between each dried coat. Once the final coat is painted and allowed time to dry, it’s time for a clear coat.

Depending on the sheen of paint used, you can also apply a clear coat over spray paint. If you use high-gloss, semi-gloss and you want a shiny finish, you really don’t have to seal it. If you’re using a lower sheen, then you can seal with a water-based sealer.

Where to find it?
To add a finish to the mahogany railing, Mauro uses Rust-Oleum® Specialty Lacquer Spray
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To tape off the railing, Mauro uses FrogTape® Pro Grade Painter’s Tape [https://www.frogtape.com]
To prime the balusters, Mauro uses Rust-Oleum 12oz 2X Painter’s Touch Ultra Cover Flat Primer Spray Paint Gray [https://www.rustoleum.com]
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