Several weeks ago I revealed my small mudroom makeover and the statement piece of that project was the wood motif mirror I found at a garage and painted it with high gloss spray paint. It turned out beautiful and stunning but it was a lot harder than I thought it was going to be. A lot of it was due to my mistake, some of it was technique, and being really ignorant to the face that using satin vs high gloss is like night and day. Today I wanted to share with you my woes I had and the things I learned so hopefully you don’t have to paint a piece 8 layers, and sand it down three times to get the finish perfect on it.
1. Make sure the piece you’re going to paint is wiped down, and is either stripped or sanded sounds pretty well.
2. I freaking learned the hard way but ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS read the instructions on the spray can before you start painting. You think I would do this but I was really ignorant and thought oh I got this, oh how wrong I was.
3. Make sure to always spray the same distance away from the item when you’re painting, don’t spray any closer than 6 inches or you’ll get varying coverage, drips, and thicker sections of paint, and this will make your life hell. I highly recommend you get the Rust-Oleum grip spray attachment that will make spray painting a lot easier on your finger and your sanity.
4. It’s best to paint more thin layers instead of doing thick layers. I painted a little too thick and once the paint dried, it started to crackle.
5 Shake that can like a boss for one minute each time before you spray. I didn’t do this well enough and ended up having areas that felt like sandpaper and that were glossy and smooth (WTF!).
6. Make sure you let each layer of paint dry completely, and that means let it dry for several hours before you spray another layer.
7. Spray paint when the temperature is somewhere between 60 F and 80 F. If it’s too hot or too cold you’ll have issues with the paint not sticking, cracking, and not drying fast enough.
Here’s a bonus tip, because I love you all so much, and this one is really important!
8. Spray when you have good lighting. I would look at the my mirror from different angles and by using the light to identify areas on the mirror where it wasn’t as glossy so I knew which spots needed some extra paint to get a consistent glossy finish.
I would highly recommend you use high gloss spray paint, because it can really add some drama to a piece. but just it is a little trickier but the effort really pays off.
For those who want to know I used the Rustoleum Paint+Primer Apple Red in high gloss spray paint for this project.
I definitely recommend using high gloss paint on pieces that aren’t going to be touched all of the time because you can see finger prints on it and etc. Because I knew the mirror was going to be hung up high on the wall, that it wasn’t going to get touched all of the time.
Have you ever used high gloss paint on a project? What things did you learn while using it? I’d love to hear your comments and thoughts, and I hope this inspires you to use high gloss spray paint on your projects!