This week I have been learning to spray paint... and oh boy what fun it is.
I'm lucky enough to have a brother who has been a car and custom painter for more than 35 years, so there's no doubt about it, I'm learning from an expert.
With a cute little spray gun (well, I think it's cute) he gave me, I have a wee play last weekend and painted our cane furniture to use outdoors over summer. I was so amazed at the speed and ease of painting with a spray gun that I kept saying over and over, "This is amazing! This is so quick. I love it!" I just couldn't believe it. And of course it gives such a beautiful finish too.
Now I've been thinking about some of the comments I have had on social media like, "I'm jealous!" and "Is it difficult?", and it got me thinking.
I really want to stress just how easy, and relatively inexpensive it is to get yourself set up to spray paint.
Here's what I have and what it cost:
- Small HVLP gravity feed 1.0mm spray gun (this was a gift from my brother but there are loads on Trade Me). A larger gun (1.4mm) is ideal for larger surfaces, e.g. table tops and the like.
- Ryobi Compressor $249 from Bunnings.
- Gazebo $100 (to use as a spray booth) from Trade Me. This one is blue and in hindsight, a white one would have been better, but it's fine.
What I'm learning however is that there are many different sized spray guns, which are better for different sized pieces. Watch this space, my Facebook group and Facebook page for more information as I learn.
If you factor this in to your paint cost, buying the spraying equipment, then compare it to buying a new house lot of furniture, there's no argument really. You could always go halves with a friend or family member too.
So far I've done a couple of small projects, but I have loads more to do.
If you've been wanting to try spray painting, give it a go!
Watch this space, I may yet do a Spray Painting Workshop.