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How do I choose the right type of aerosol spray paint?

The right aerosol spray paint will ultimately depend on your project. That’s because different aerosols are created to allow the best results depending on their purpose. Before you decide what type of aerosol paint you want here are a few things to think about:

Is your project indoor or outdoor?

What type of surface are you painting?

Do you need a paint with a specific use or feature?

Aerosol spray paints are classified by what they’re used for. The most common spray paints include general purpose, decorative and craft, rust-prevention, professional, plastic and specialty.

If you’re unsure what category your project comes under, contact our team for expert advice.

What is the typical coverage from a spray paint aerosol?

While aerosol coverage can alter depending on the surface being sprayed, you’ll typically get coverage of around four-square feet (two meters) from a single spray paint aerosol.

Coverage area can also depend on paint colour; a darker colour will require more paint for complete coverage than a lighter colour. You also need to remember that for best results a minimum of two coats should be applied when spraying. This meaning actual coverage from one aerosol will be around two square feet or one meter squared.

Can aerosol spray paint be colour matched?

Thanks to our modern colour-matching technology, we can custom colour match almost anything! If you want a specific match to an object, make sure to bring it with you so that we can be as accurate as possible.

We can also colour match to any paint brand, all we need is the paint colour code or the brand and paint name.

We know finding a quality supplier of custom aerosol spray paint can be hard which is why we deliver nationally to ensure everyone can receive the perfect match for their paint projects.

Can you match Dulux/Pantone/Crown colours?

We can colour match almost anything, including all main brand paint suppliers. To help us perfectly match your paint make sure you have the paint colour code to hand.

Can’t find the paint colour code? No problem simply bring something the same colour that you’re looking for and we’ll use our specialist technology to perfectly mix the colour you need.

Struggling to find paint shades you love? We can mix up aerosol spray paint for your projects in any colour you desire.

Can you match my car paint?

Yes, all we need is your cars colour code and we can match the exact colour for your aerosol spray paint.

I can’t find my cars paint code, what do I do?

Usually, you’ll find your cars paint colour code around the edge of a door on an information panel. If you can’t find it there are various places you can look such as the service history of the vehicle.

Other ways include:

The owner’s manual – this holds similar information to the service history and may direct you to the vehicles paint code.

The internet – you may be able to find the colour code by searching the exact model of your vehicle in a search engine.

Technology – you probably haven’t heard of a spectrophotometer machine before, but it’s a clever piece of technology used to analyse colour measurements. Its spectral analysis provides exact data on the colour it looks at. Using one of these machines is great if you are unable to find a paint code.

What surfaces can I aerosol spray paint?

You can colourfully cover almost any surface with aerosol paint including wood, plastic, metal, fiberglass, tin, ceramic, mirror, glass, masonry, plaster, concrete, terra cotta, canvas, MDF, laminate, and particle board.

You can use aerosol spray paint on most items, but it shouldn’t be used on surfaces that comes into contact with food or beverages. Some aerosol sprays are more suited to different surfaces depending on the purpose of the item.

If you’re unsure on the best suited aerosol paint for your project, contact our expert team and they’ll help to decide.

What are the benefits of aerosol spray painting?

There are many advantages to using aerosol spray paint. Not only does it offer a smooth coverage that’s hard to achieve with a brush or roller but it also dries much faster than paint from a tin.

As an oil-based mixture, it adheres really well to almost anything, and it’s much more durable than latex paint. The best part about using aerosol paint is that it’s easy, fast and has minimum clean-up.

However, you should make sure you only spray aerosol paint in well ventilated areas.

How do you fix uneven aerosol spray paint coverage?

If you’ve coated something in aerosol spray paint and the coverage is uneven, it can be easily fixed by spraying another coat or two.

Sometimes your spray paint job can look a little uneven if you didn’t apply enough layers originally which can make the coverage look patchy or show the old colour underneath. Remember to wait for the previous coat to completely dry before spraying another coat. This will stop cracking in the paints surface and will help you see any uneven areas.

Can you use aerosol spray paint in cold temperatures?

No, aerosol paint really doesn’t work well in very cold temperatures. It’s always best to spray in environments of above 50 degrees. Anything below that, and your paint will most likely show cracks and you’ll have to redo the job.

Do I need to sand before I use aerosol spray paint?

We would recommend sanding the surface you’re working with as it’ll give you a fresh surface for painting and leave you with a smooth surface at the end of your application.

Whether you’re spraying wood, metal, plastic, wicker, glass or a ceramic surface with your aerosol, completing the appropriate surface preparation is the key for achieving a professional-looking finish.

You can do this by cleaning the surface, an ordinary household cleaner or mineral spirits will work. Then remove any loose paint or rust with a wire brush, sandpaper or steel wool. If you’re working with a glossy surface use a fine grain sandpaper and wipe the area with a cloth.

Should I prime before using aerosol spray paint?

We would recommend using a primer before using an aerosol spray paint because there are many of benefits to it.

Not only does it improve the coverage you’ll receive but it also helps to seal the surface you’re painting. Ultimately, a sealed surface will help smooth uneven blemishes, increase spray adhesion, improve corrosion resistance and make sure the colour remains true.

With all those benefits to priming we don’t see any reason why you wouldn’t want to do it!

Do I need to use a topcoat after spraying aerosol paint?

We’d recommend using a clear topcoat if you want a durable high quality gloss finish to your aerosol paint job. If you need a coating that resists rust and chemicals, then use the autobody industry’s favourite, 2K (two-component) aerosol spray for the perfect finish to your paintwork.