Can I Apply Spray Paint with a Brush?

how to apply spray paint with a brush?

Many times DIYers wonder if they can use a brush to apply spray paint.

This can be for many reasons. Maybe your spray can nozzle is not spraying the paint correctly, the paint in your old aerosol can has dried partially from the inside, or you are just trying to avoid overspray.

The simple answer is yes; you can use a paintbrush to apply spray paint.

This is, in fact, an excellent option for those who would need to have better control over the outcome without worrying about oversprays.

But there are a few things to consider when using this method. In this today’s blog, I will show you exactly post how you should use spray paint with a brush.

And with that, I will also follow up with some exciting tips on using the spray paint efficiently!

So, let’s dive into…

Decanting Spray Paint

To apply the spray paint with a brush, you must first decant it. There are several ways to decan or transfer the spray paint to another can.

The method you use will depend on:

  • the quantity of paint you require
  • the condition of the paint in the can
  • the working condition of the can’s nozzle

To decant the spray paint in small quantities (for a small craft or decorative project), you can simply empty the can’s cap and spritz as much paint as required for the project inside of it.

Secondly, if the paint has partially dried inside or the nozzle is not working, you can use a small glass jar with a lid to decant the paint.

Cut the can from the middle (like shown here) and pour the required amount of paint inside the jar, making sure not to overfill it.

Doing so will make it difficult to screw the lid back on.

Third, if the nozzle of your spray paint can is working and you need to pour enough paint into the bottle or container, you can use a straw method to decant the spray paint.

  1. Cut the drinking straw in half with a scissor.
  2. Using a hot glue gun, stick one end of the straw with the nozzle
  3. Shake the spray paint can and put the other open end of the straw inside the bottle
  4. Spray to empty the paint inside the bottle

Here is a quick video for this decanting method if you want to refer.

Using Spray Paint with a Brush

Now once the spray paint is ready in the cup or bottle, take a 2-inch or 3-inch brush and dip it into the paint.

Start painting the surface of the object from the middle and then spread the paint towards the outer area with even strokes.

If you are painting an object with intricate details, use a smaller brush like 1-inch or so. This will give you better control over the paintbrush.

Also, make sure to wipe off the excess paint from the brush before you start painting.

Use even strokes while painting and avoid going over the same area multiple times, as it will cause the paint to build up and will also make the brush bristles splay.

Also, it is best to work in small sections when using this method. This will ensure that the paint does not dry before you finish painting the entire object.

Once you are done with one section, move on to the next and continue painting until the entire object is painted.

Finally, let the paint dry before moving on to the next coat or proceeding with the project.

A Few Additional Tips for Using Spray Paint with Brush

Remember working with spray paints can turn out to be extremely messy. So it’s good to work only in a well-ventilated area.

If you are working on a small craft project or you can go outside, consider covering the object with cardboard or preparing the working area using a drop cloth.

This will save the floors or other surfaces from spills if it happens accidentally.

Next, you should also:

Use a natural bristle brush for latex-based paint and synthetic for oil-based paint.

Stir the paint thoroughly before use. Decant only as much as you need for the project to avoid waste.

Try using a syringe (instead of a straw) if you don’t find the straw working. It will also give you better control over the paint flow for decanting purposes.

The bottom line

So these were some tips and information on using spray paint with a brush. By following the steps mentioned above, you can easily paint any object without any fuss.

Just ensure to take all the necessary precautions and work in a well-ventilated area for the best results.

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