Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

At Home Living: Spray Paint Tips to Flawlessly Update Your Home's Furniture

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

At Home Living: Spray Paint Tips to Flawlessly Update Your Home's Furniture

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With the warmer weather, now is the ideal time to bring new life to home decor. Whether your outdoor items are looking worn and weathered - or your indoor spaces need a pop of color - spray paint is the perfect solution.

To ensure your furniture update goes flawlessly, follow these few tips from the experts at Krylon, the nation's leader in spray paint.

Prep properly

Surface preparation is extremely important and the best predictor of how long your finish will last. The goal is to make your surface as smooth as possible to ensure the new paint adheres well. Remove any loose rust or paint by lightly sanding. Next, clean surfaces with soap and water or degreaser, if necessary. Rinse and let your surface dry completely. Your surface should now be clean, dull and dry.

To prime or not to prime

Primer prepares bare metal, wood, canvas or other materials to create a smooth surface for paint. It also seals the surface to help smoothen out blemishes, increase spray paint adhesion and improve corrosion resistance.

While priming is a critical step, research shows that consumers only use a primer 50 percent of the time. For the same results with fewer steps, try a combination spray paint with primer.

Choosing the right product

It is important to choose the product that meets the needs for your substrate - as well as your style.

Plastic/laminates

With the popularity of ready-to-assemble furniture made of laminates and storage items made of plastic, these surfaces are prime targets for painting. However, without the right product, your project could turn out less than desirable.

"Most consumers don't realize that not all plastics are the same," says Denise Patterson, Krylon product manager. "In fact, most spray paints on the market will not adhere to the most popular plastics found in furniture, toys and storage. …

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