Wednesday, February 1, 2012

How Much Spray Paint Do I Need?

Before I started delving into the wonderful world of spray paint, I always wondered, "how much am I going to need?"  The paint can gives you an estimate of square footage or something or other.
That was useless to me.  
When I'm thinking of what I'm painting, for example, two lamps or a picture frame, then a square footage doesn't help me out.  Actually, there's some brands that don't even give you an estimate.

Anyways, so I thought I'd give you an example of what one spray paint can might do for you.  
Remember, this is just what I used.  There are also some variables such as the conditions you are painting in (outside or inside), what you are painting (fabric, ceramic, wood, etc.), whether you primed prior to painting or not and, of course, what brand of spray paint.  
But that aside, this will give you a better estimate than square footage.  Unless of course you are painting something large like a floor or a wall.

For use of a can of Rustoleum brand spray paint, like this:

{As you can see, there are many different brands.  I use all of them, though I really do prefer Rustoleum coverage.  Although, the Tremclad (which is oddly, owned by Rustoleum.. I think it's a Canadian brand of Rustoleum, but I honestly don't know) seems to go on thicker, therefore, less coats!
Oh and the Krylon H20?  Amazing stuff.  Totally washable and more durable.  Although, sadly, they don't have much for variety.}

I was able to paint all of this.  Each item was primed thoroughly.  Most of them only needed on good coat of paint.  

Ceramic owl.

Plastic ornaments.  Only 5 were painted the blue color.

Ceramic vase.  On a side note, this vase was a $4 purchase, in an ugly purple shade that was chipped in numerous places.  But it is a beautiful addition to my red and blue kitchen.  I love it! 

Ceramic vase.  This one used a light coat because it was painted a light blue (which didn't look right), so it didn't need much of the bright blue.  I then coated it with a glitter spray paint since I wanted it more festive for Christmas decorating.

Wood frame.  This took up the last of the glorious bright blue.  I love this blue.  

Looking at the items painted now and it seems like it covered a lot.  Again, that's not always the case.  
My brass lamps?  Almost 2 cans for 2 lamps.  
I dislike painting brass.  But the result does make it worth it.

So if you've never spray painted before, here are some staples.  Primer and clear coat.  Aside from the obvious of course:  spray paint.  
Other items I use:  plastic gloves (not necessary, but makes clean up WAY easier)
dust masks (if the area is not well ventilated)

Also, don't fear the spray paint.  
The before and after is always fun and inspires you to paint more!


Always prime!




Now.. have I mentioned how much I love spray paint!?

If you have any other inquiries about spray painting, just ask!  
I am NO professional, but I enjoy doing it and I do it a lot.  

Have a good one!

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Laurel Leaf Cottage said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks so much for this! I was just standing in Walmart this morning going..." much do I need?" I didn't even end up getting any! It doesn't seem to go too far...I'll probably need 4 cans! Thanks again! ~Deanna

Creative Raisins said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks for the info, this will help in some of my upcoming projects

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

Funny! Yeah, the spray can doesn't do as much as a paint can, that's for sure. But for small projects it's definitely worth the time saved!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

No problem. Glad to help out. Thanks!

Alana Ellis said... Best Blogger Tips

I will be spray painting my twin sized bed frame, dresser and side table all white. I will be using a primer and i am thi king about a top coat. How much spray paint would you recommend?

vixen Made said... Best Blogger Tips

For such big items, I would recommend using a gallon of paint instead of a spray paint. It would be much more cost effective and you have more possibilities as far as color choices. You can use brushes for any details, otherwise you can get a smooth coverage with sponge rollers.
If you're adamant on using spray paint, you will need quite a few cans. I'm thinking at least 10. Obviously, I'm no professional and I'm not sure the sizes of your furniture. So please, don't take my word for it. Thanks for your question!