Tips for Painting Different Materials

painting-guidePainting can be a hassle, especially when the end result isn’t exactly what you wanted. This is why it’s so important to use the right paint supplies when painting different types of materials.

Here is a guide on which kind of paints and techniques to use for certain materials:

Use Spray Paint for:

Ceramic

Supplies:

  • Soapy Water
  • Sandpaper
  • Spray Primer
  • Spray Paint
  • Rubber Gloves

Prep:
Using soapy water, wash the piece and let air dry. Sand the surface to improve adhesion.

Painting:
Put on rubber gloves. Apply a top-quality acrylic spray primer about 12 inches from the object, using a back-and-forth motion and let dry. Then, spray your desired color and repeat the same technique. This is not recommended for tile floors, due to traffic and abrasion.

Metal, Steel, Aluminum, Iron

Supplies:

  • Wire Brush
  • Rags
  • Sandpaper
  • Rubber Gloves
  • Spray Primer
  • Spray Paint

Prep:
Use a wire brush to remove loose paint. Sand the piece, then, wipe with a damp rag and dry immediately. If piece is rusted, spot-prime with a rust-inhibitive primer.

Painting:
Put on rubber gloves. Apply primer using a light back-and-forth motion. Let dry, then spray the desired color using a light, sweeping motion. Use a primer and paint that is made specifically for metal, steel, aluminum, or iron.

Wicker

Supplies:

  • Rags
  • Stiff Paintbrush
  • Spray Primer
  • Spray Paint

Prep:
If old and painted, first wipe surfaces with a damp rag. Use a stiff paintbrush to remove wicker or wovens from object. With all its cracks and crevices, the important prep for wicker furniture is to make sure it’s clean. If piece is previously painted, sand lightly to remove any gloss.

Painting:
Prime with a top quality primer. Reap with a second coat if needed. On pre-painted wicker, spray with primer and let dry; then apply spray paint.

Use Regular Paint for:

Fabric

Supplies:

  • Painter’s Tape
  • Paint Tray
  • Small Brush or Stamp
  • Water-Based Paint

Prep:
Wash fabric not using fabric softener and let dry.  Iron the fabric before painting if necessary. Stretch and pin fabric tight to the surface. If you have scrap fabric, first try out your techniques and colors to ensure quality.

Painting:
To lay out your template or pattern, use painter’s tape. Use a water-based paint to apply to the fabric using a small brush or stamp.

Wood

Supplies:

  • Rags
  • Sandpaper
  • Tack Cloth
  • Paint Roller
  • Primer
  • Hi-Gloss Paint

Prep:
Wipe off dirt and grime with a damp rag and let dry. If needed, fill holes with wood putty and let dry, then sand until smooth and wipe clean. Remove dust with a tack cloth.

Painting:
Prime, then let dry. Sand and apply two coats of paint to add durability. Coat entire surface with a stain-blocking primer. After priming, check to make sure any knots aren’t showing through. If they are, spot prime. Finish with hi-gloss paint.

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