How To Prepare A Surface For Spray Painting – Latest Ways

With the sheer number of paint colors, brands, and finishes available today, painting a surface is not always easy. It takes an experienced painter to properly prep a surface for spray painting. The right primer or base coat is essential for the finish paint to adhere properly. The wrong one can lead to peeling, cracking, or blisters on your finished project.

Are you looking for an easy and quick way to paint the walls of your home or office? This article talks about how to prepare a surface for spray painting and it’s quick and easy process.

Do you know that there are many options available when it comes to spraying paint? This article will tell you about the different types of surfaces available and how to prepare them for painting.

How To Prepare A Surface For Spray Painting

Method Of Preparing A Surface For Spray Painting

1. Sanding


The surface you want to use next should be prepared by removing the loose particles and any debris, paint remnants or other foreign substances present on its surface with a random orbital sander .

It needs to be dry before proceeding so it doesn’t absorb any of the paint coatings that will go over it. This technique works best for all types of painted surfaces including wood , old brickwork, rough concrete blocks etc., but it should be used before you can apply primer coat or finish coats.

2. Counterspot Priming

Counterspot Priming

‘Counterspots’ are the spots where two contrasting colours of paint meet, such as a white wall on an orange brick exterior wall for example, this will make both colours stand out to create emphasis and interest at these particular areas where they meet. You need caulk or other similar adhesives to keep it all in place until the entire wall has been painted.

3. Basecoat Application

Basecoat Application

Usually when you paint walls one coat of primer is enough to cover the majority of the surface in your desired colour, but if that’s not what you’re after then two or 3 coats will need to be applied in different portions depending on the coverage needed over each face and edges of course .

To apply basecoats however it is normally best practice to use a brush similar to the one shown below, using a roller is acceptable if you apply primer over more than two or three different surfaces.

4. Texture Application

Texture Application

When putting texture spray on walls what you are trying to achieve is making it look like wood planks have been sprayed onto them from other angles so initially they don’t want to the consistence of the wall itself but rather create an impression of being loose or cracked .

The best way in which this can be achieved is by getting some loose broken pieces of wood that are the approximate size of the texture you want to create, once you have these then spray an even coating onto your wall with a textured gun .

Once this has been done lightly shake off the excess and leave it alone until dry. Use something like rotten potato skins or cannabis leaves  (or whatever’s at hand really) for leaf impressions, I’ve given instructions on using photoshop to draw leaf shapes for you already so I won’t go into much more detail on this part.

5. Base Coating

Base Coating

Now that the texture has been applied and it’s dry work aggressively to rub off every last bit of glossy paint from your wall at areas where basecoats will form later , glancing back if necessary but mostly just grab a clean rag and start rubbing vigorously until there is no gloss left in all surface details, focus on the edges first , if you feel like you are wasting time doing this go ahead and do it however make sure to cover all details before pressing onto another area.

Although several coats of basecoat will be applied later on for more coverage reason, which helps avoid gloss showing through at seams of cracks I would start off with at least 3 or 4 coats loosely spaced out .

Spray Paint Preparation With The Help Of Krylon

Spray Paint Preparation With The Help Of Krylon

Ready to paint your next masterpiece? No problem! Simply mix the spray paint with the appropriate product, and you’re good to go.

Krylon offers a variety of prep products that make painting easier and faster. For example, the Krylon Quick-Drying Primer makes the surface incredibly smooth for a flawless finish.

Remember to be vigilant when spraying around doors and windows – always wear safety gear! And if your surface requires more than one coat of paint, be prepared for that possibility.

Krylon spray paints offer a wide range of colors and finishes that will let you express your creativity in any way you want. So start painting, and don’t forget to prep your surface with the help of Krylon .

Spray Painting Wicker

Spray Painting Wicker

When spray painting wicker, it’s important to take extra steps to avoid any damage or problems. Make sure the surface is completely dry before spraying. This means cleaning any grease, oil, or dust off the surface. Next, use a low-pressure setting to avoid overspray and damage. And finally, allow the paint to dry for at least 24 hours, preferably 48 hours. After that, you’re ready to move or use the surface.

Spray Painting Plastic

Spray Painting Plastic

When spray painting plastic, it’s important to take care and use the right paint. Many paint brands design for this type of surface, and following the manufacturer’s instructions is key.

Remember to read the paint’s label before using it, as some may not be safe for plastic. Always clean the surface with a degreaser and water, then apply a primer coat.

When spraying, be careful not to overspray, as this can cause problems down the line. Finally, take pictures and notes of your progress so you can revisit the project later on with ease.


Once this is done move your surface to somewhere in low light , I have a lot of stencils  on my wall so it’s easy for me but ideally you would want something better lit. The most important thing with achieving a textured finish on anything that is visible from close up or bodyshot perspective is consistency . Don’t expect good results if the texture isn’t applied with any attention whatsoever.

If all does go smoothly then once you have the subtle texture applied to your surface and you then take a look at any place that seams (if there are any) will leave thinly colored rays indicating where these seamlines should be, which were also outlined in hand widths for easier reference.

I’ve shown this part off before , but if you like the style of shading lines generated similar to those generated by photoshop layers and slicing/dodging them out it’s really an easier way to get this effect , at least since I used a straight edge, but if you’re using a level then either gives the same result which is probably more reflective on your final piece.

Frequently Asked Questions:

1. Where Can I Get the Right Kind of Paint and Brushes for My Project?

For the right kind of paint and brushes, you need to consider your project’s dimensions, type of surface that you will be painting on, and what materials you want the end result to look like.

2. What Is the Best Way to Prepare a Surface for Spray Painting?

First, you need to wash the surface that you want to paint.

Second, if it is metal or plastic, clean the surface with soap and water.

Third, if it is wood or something else that can be stained with paint, use a mild detergent like dish soap to remove any grease or dirt from the surface.

Fourth, make sure there are no loose particles on the surface before spraying.

Fifth, after you have finished washing and cleaning your object of choice, make sure it is completely dry before spray painting.

3. Best Way to Spray Paint Something Onto a Metal Case?

There are many ways to spray paint something onto a metal case. Some of the most common methods include:

  1. Use an aerosol can with the correct type of paint that you want to use.
  2. Use a can of compressed air for quick, fine-tuned painting.
  3. Pour some white glue into a plastic bag and then add your paint, seal it up, and shake it up in order to create an even coat of paint on whatever you’re spraying or covering in glue.

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