How to Thin & Spray Rust-Oleum

Updated February 21, 2017

Rust-Oleum offers a variety of different types of paints for your home improvement projects. One type of Rust-Oleum paint comes in a can and you may sprayed it onto a surface rather than brushing it. While this can be a more convenient way to apply the paint, it also can have some drawbacks. For example, you need to be very careful about how much Rust-Oleum spray paint you spray at once. Thick layers can run, creating globs and unattractive lines on your final project.

Set up an area where you will use the Rust-Oleum spray paint. It should be well ventilated with minimal exposure to wind. Lay down a large tarp to protect the floor. Cover any other items in the near vicinity that might be affected by overspray.

Start with a piece of scrap wood to practice your spray technique. Shake the can of Rust-Oleum and apply a coat to the surface using long, even, side-to-side motions.

Spray your project when you're confident in your technique. Keep the layers thin and only overlap each lap by about one third. Apply one coat to start.

Wait for the first coat of Rust-Oleum spray paint to dry, then apply a second coat. This coat should also be as thin as possible; apply it with even, side-to-side strokes.

Let the second coat dry, then inspect your work. If you're happy with the coverage, you're done. If not, apply one last coat, using the same methods as before.

Things You'll Need

  • Tarps
  • Scrap wood
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