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How to spray paint: The 5 steps you need to know

It doesn’t get much easier to change the look of an item than applying a few coats of spray paint — but what's the right way to get it done? Paint too much and you have drips. Paint too little and it looks unpolished.

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TODAY Tastemaker Abby Larson, founder and editor of Style Me Pretty Living, is dishing out her step-by-step guide to spray painting properly — and she even has great tips on how to add a pattern or print to an object you’re spray painting. So grab that can and get ready to roll!

How to spray paint

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  1. Wipe your object clean of any debris or dust.
  2. Place the object on a large piece of cardboard or newspaper to protect the surface on which you’re spray painting. It’s preferable to spray paint outdoors for proper ventilation.
  3. Begin applying your first coat of spray paint, spraying at least 8 inches away.
  4. Rotate the piece as you spray. If you can’t rotate it, rotate yourself!
  5. Apply between two and three coats of paint for a solid color.

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If you want to create a print or pattern on your item…

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  1. Apply painter’s tape to the object in the pattern you desire before applying spray paint. Make sure the tape is secure, especially the edges.
  2. Apply three coats of spray paint to the object.
  3. Once dry, remove the tape.
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