How To Properly Spray Paint Metal

As a business owner, you likely have the ability to change the appearance of some of the interior of your establishment as you see fit. Depending on what you want to change, you may need to paint some metal objects. Doing this properly requires more than just grabbing some paint and getting the job done. For an even, non-streaky look, follow the instructions in this guide.

Step 2: Gather Your Supplies

  • spray primer
  • your choice of metal spray paint
  • a Phillips screwdriver (optional)
  • a flathead screwdriver (optional)
  • a wire brush
  • a bucket
  • dish soap
  • a couple clean dry cloths
  • a facemask

Step 2: Practice First

If possible, find a hidden area, such as the back, bottom, or inside of the metal object you want to paint. Put on your facemask. Practice spraying the paint until you gain maximum control of the paint can spray nozzle. Once you are confident that you can spray the paint evenly to achieve the color you want, move on to the next steps.

Step 3: Remove Screws From the Metal

Remove any screws with the Phillips or flathead screwdriver, depending on the head of the screws. If the screws are somewhat stubborn, use an electric screwdriver in the reverse position to take them out.

Step 4: Clean the Metal

Fill the bucket with water and a little dish soap. Soak one of the clean cloths in the mixture and wring it out. Wipe off dust, dirt, and loose or chipped paint. Remove stubborn loose or chipped paint with the wire brush. Dry the piece with the other cloth.

Step 5: Prime the Metal

Apply the primer in an even manner. The primer is an important step because it keeps your object rust-free in the future, in addition to making the paint application smoother.

Step 6: Paint the Metal

If the object is removable, choose a well-ventilated area that is not too windy, since wind can carry debris onto the wet paint or cause uneven painting. If you are painting a permanent fixture, open doors and windows. This allows the fumes from the paint to escape.

Set the object up in this area. Spray the metal by holding the can about 12-inches away from your metal object.

Spray in even strokes without lifting your finger from the spray nozzle. Give the paint a couple hours to dry and finish with another coat.

When you have achieved the look you want, put the object back in place or in a new spot, and replace any screws that you removed.

Take this opportunity to paint as many metal objects in your commercial building you like. Before you know it, your establishment can have a totally new appearance without having to go through the entire process of a complete remodel. For more information, contact Decorators Service Co., Inc. or a similar company.