As much as we all would like to think our attempts of creating new projects are problem free, it is a myth. I must confess that for the life of me, I cannot spray paint metal. I usually use 10 times the amount of painted required. I sand and repaint, sand and repaint, etc. In some dire acts of desperation I had to just let go and sent the thing to a “better place”. So I thought it only fair to share my Do-It-Yourself failures. In this situation, I was innocently trying to spray paint a metal lid for a project.
Lesson learned –
Don’t spray so closely.
Move can slowly back and forth lightly.
Spray a light coat and let it dry, then follow with a last light coat.
Finally, let dry completely and DO NOT put it in a plastic bag even a little damp.
Thus the result:
Since I can’t use the lid the way it is I need to repaint it. I believe it is not that you make a mistake, it is how you learn from it.
First, I sanded the lid to take out the ridges as much as possible and reduce the amount of paint built up on the lid. I used my small sander since rough grit sandpaper wasn’t not doing the job.
Then I used a spray paint gun – very handy plastic device to help in evenly spraying the paint. A spray paint gun costs under $3 at any home improvement store and will help to make your spray paint last longer.
Next spraying lightly will spread the paint evenly with a thin coat.
While spraying with the spray gun constantly move the can at all times to make sure you get an even coat.
It is very important to let dry completely and do not put it into a plastic bag to transport if at all damp to the touch.
Finally, spray a thin coat of clear top coat to seal the paint. Let that dry completely as well.
My Personal Accent!