Can You Spray Paint Wood?


Can you spray paint wood

When it comes to completing a task quickly, spray paint is your best option. 

Spray painting a wooden piece of furniture is a relatively easy technique that will give it an even, smooth finish. Wood furniture can also be painted similar to other objects. Particularly for items featuring complex designs.

But the question is, can spray paint be used to paint wood?

Well, the answer is YES- As long as you prepare the wood beforehand painting with a spray, it’s fine. Things to pay attention to, removal of wax, dusting, sanding, and make sure the surface is completely dry otherwise the paint will not last long. And in the case of already painted furniture- you will need to paint the same color again to see the best results.

Preparation of wood before spray painting is similar to that of any other material. Paint will not adhere to wood surfaces that have been polyurethaned, lacquered, or shellacked. To prepare furniture to accept paint, paint stores sell chemicals to remove wax- sanding is made easier with it.

On the market, you can find many sprayers designed specifically for painting wood. These spray paints are typically odorless, textured, and glossy, protect against moisture, and also provide protection against harmful sun rays when used to paint outdoor furniture

If you’ve ever used a paintbrush or have seen something painted by a paintbrush, the spray paint works equally the same- plus reduces the chance of leaving brush marks. 

What are the Things You’ll Need?

Here are the things you need to spray paint wood:

  • spray paint
  • primer
  • sandpaper
  • tack cloths
  • tarp
  • newspapers or drop cloths
  • masking tape
  • vacuum cleaner

Basic preparation

Spray painting may seem like an easy task, as you only have to fill up the paint and spray where you want. The venture, however, is misguided. 

There are things to be prepared upfront. For instance;

Seeking the right area where you can easily get the job done, s what comes first before starting to paint. 

The outdoor area is fine, but there would be dust, and the weather could be unpredictable. Therefore, a place with adequate lightings, such as inside your garage, is the best option- or a room where you feel comfortable, ventilation should be in mind.

Ensure that the floor and nearby objects are covered in order for the paint to fall onto them.

Prepare the wood for spray paint

Getting a smooth, shiny finish requires proper wood preparation. Those are the only steps that take time. Once they’re done, everything is straightforward.

Moisture is one of the most important things to consider. Wood that isn’t completely dried should not be prepared. It needs to be dried out in the first place.

To pace this process. You can use any hair dryer to soak water up. Dry woods tend to provide better results.

Sanding, dusting, and tacking are the basic steps.

Dust off-

First of all, dust the wood thoroughly, you can use a handheld vacuum for this, it will save you time.

Remove attachments-

Remove all hardware from your furniture before painting. In addition to removing the drawers, unscrew and remove the components. Now paint each object separately, then reassemble the furniture when all parts- let them dry first.

Sanding with a grit-

To sand, an existing finish, first, remove flaking or peeling finishes by scraping and sanding the affected areas. To ensure that the new primer adheres, lightly scuff sand the furniture to make the surface smoother- also pay extra attention to wax that usually build-up on wood- pull them off too.

How to Spray Paint Wood

It is now time to carry out the main task. We recommend aerosol spray paint the most. It works wonderfully and you can select your favorite color from a range of color schemes.

To first off- Wear protective wear.

To ensure safety, wear your protective gear such as hand gloves and a face mask.

Prime and paint should be compatible-

You should use a primer and paint which both should be compatible. If not, the color would not fully cross the primer’s coat- due to chemicals this could take place- as a result, the color will fade out soon.

And If this is your first time trying, use a cupboard or anything similar to test how the result looks when combined with the primer and paint color, also use the gun it will help you control the sprayer which is one of the most crucial parts.

A coat of prime. (Rust-Oleum recommended)

Now apply a primer’s coat all over the surface. Usually, a piece of wooden furniture would require two to three coats. Remember, after each coat, let it totally dry before applying the second time. To achieve a successful spray painting project, the primer must be sprayed in light coats and must be completely covered.

Make sure you do not stop priming in the center between two ends. If you’re dealing with a large surface, lay it out horizontally first. Be sure to reach the coat edge-to-edge without stopping to take a break in the middle. It will result in a nice texture because it will look good.

Using Paint sprayer (enamel’s paints recommended)

Keep your sprayer from being exposed to wind and dust in case of an accumulation of dust and paint. Position the paint can at a distance of at least 3 feet from the furniture. Spray at a distance and not too close- Keeping 10 inches distance is ideal. Lastly, keep your hand moving as you spray paint to achieve an even surface.

Types of paint sprayers to work with wood.

Professional-looking finishes come from the use of the best sprayers that fit the most. Mainly there are two sprayers which are good and you can use them in most of the painting tasks.

HVLP sprayers

An HVLP (high volume, low pressure) compressor creates air pressure using a turbine. Paint is put into a cup gun, and air blows over it to pick up paint and send it out of the nozzle with great pressure. 

 To master a machine like this, you need to be experienced- or at least it requires practice to figure out how to take full control over it.

Airless sprayers

Another option is to use airless sprayers. The paint is pressurized instead of using air pressure unlike in HVLP, and it is sent through a hose and tip specifically designed to atomize the coating.

 In comparison to HVLP sprayers, airless sprayers can apply more paint thus a better choice for large surfaces. Since the bucket has a larger capacity, you can spray for hours without thinking of finishing the paint.

Which Primer Works Best with wood?

It is important to select a good primer. You may find your painted finish chipping, scratching, and peeling in short order- just because you choose the wrong type of finish.

With a rattle can or sprayer, primer can be applied. A primer from the store yields a good finish, but you need to choose one labeled “bonding” or “adhesion,” as it will bind to the wood. 

You should consider Rust-Oleum Universal Bonding Primer as an excellent option.

Apply it with an HVLP (high volume low pressure) or airless sprayer if you find a primer that has a similar bonding or adhesion property in a quart or gallon size. 

Spray Paint for Furniture

Like other things, choosing the best paint for furniture is a very important thing. 

The hard-drying paint enamel, which is great for furniture, trim, and cabinets, is less forgiving than satin-finish latex, but it is beautiful, durable, and lasts for much longer. You can use Rust-Oleum Universal for aerosol applications.

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