How to Thin & Spray Rust-Oleum

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How to Thin & Spray Rust-Oleum
Spray painting takes some practice to get right. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

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.

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Things you need

  • Tarps
  • Scrap wood

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  1. 1

    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.

  2. 2

    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.

  3. 3

    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.

  4. 4

    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.

  5. 5

    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.

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