With the many different types of trendy colors available these days in the easy to use spray can, the basic home paint job on small items around the home is made that much easier for the do-it-yourself handyman. This is especially the case with metal furniture such as bed bases, tables and chairs in the home being knocked accidentally and paint chipped leaving them with a tired look.
If you want to freshen up a chipped piece of furniture with a nice paint job then follow these 12 tips-
1. Find some old clothes or a pair of overalls. Use a face mask and protective eye wear as protection from flying paint particles and rust dust during sanding.
2. If rain is threatening and it’s windy outside use your garage. Place a drop sheet or old sheets of newspaper on the floor.
3. Rub down the object with sandpaper to remove any chipped paint, scratches or surface rust.
4. If the object is a metal chair and been left outside it may have serious signs of rust that may be too difficult for sandpaper to remove. In such cases a wire brush should be used or a electric drill with a circular wire brush as a last resort.
5. For a smooth finish use a light gauge sandpaper to finish off.
6. Cover with masking tape any part of the object that is not required to be painted and remove or unscrew any part of the object to avoid accidentally covering with paint
7. Obtain a gloss enamel metal spray paint that has a built in primer. A wide selection of spray paints in modern colors can be bought from most hardware and paint shops.
8. Prior to painting, ensure you shake the can well for at least one or two minutes so the contents have been mixed thoroughly.
9. Spray a small amount on a piece of newspaper before you start to ensure the paint has mixed and the spray is coming out of the nozzle properly.
10. Hold the can 12-18 inches from the object and spray quickly over the entire surface of the object until it has been covered on the top, sides and bottom.
11. It is important to keep the spray can moving throughout the painting process.
12. Leave until completely dry and apply a second coat if considered necessary.
After the paint has dried pull the masking tape away and reassemble the object if necessary and you are left with a fresh looking painted piece that will delight and surprise you.