When it comes to spray paint, I have a love-hate relationship with the stuff. Who doesn’t love the smooth and professional results offered by spray paint? It allows you to easily create a new car finish on many surfaces – wood, plastic, and metal – and that’s one of the reasons I have a cabinet full of spray paint cans in my store.
In contrast, typical spray cans are small enough that they don’t make sense when the area you’re painting becomes much larger than, say, a breadbox.
And if that wasn’t enough, just keep spray painting long enough and your index finger will hurt from the pressure of repeatedly holding and releasing the button.
That’s why a new line of large format spray paints caught my eye earlier this year.
It’s called Rust-Oleum Ultimate Turbo and after using it on several projects I know it’s handy to cover larger areas with spray paint and do it well.
There are three things I love about Ultimate Turbo.
First, the size of the canister is large – almost twice the size of a regular spray can.
Second, the spray button is large and easy to handle. More importantly, the spray pattern is not small and circular like regular spray paint cans, but large, vertical fan shaped and about 10 inches wide.
This not only makes it easier to cover a large area quickly, but it also reduces the risk of leaks and drips.
As a long-time user of spray paint, I can tell you that Ultimate Turbo makes it easy to get big projects off the ground, but basic spray painting know-how is still required, starting with the most important application tactic.
If I had to suggest just one tip for successful spray painting it would be intermittent pressure on the nozzle button as part of the side-to-side sweeping motion of the can. Start on one side of the surface you are coating, with the box about six inches past the edge. As you begin to move the box to and over the surface, press and hold the nozzle button until you have cleared the other side of the surface about six inches. Release the button, reverse the direction of the spray can, then press the button again just before the nozzle moves across the surface on the way back. Why bother with that? Preventing tracks and wrinkles, that’s why.
If you hold down the button on a paint spray can nozzle all the time, too much paint will often get deposited in areas where your paint may change direction. Too much paint is not only likely to form runs and drips on vertical surfaces, but even on horizontal surfaces not prone to dripping, applying too much paint will often cause the surface to dry out and cause damage. formation of folds. This happens because the surface paint dries quickly and shrinks, but the underlying paint stays wet longer. But even pressing and releasing the nozzle button periodically is not enough to ensure great results with every spray paint. For this you need to take into account the amount of paint.
Just as it’s easy to drive too fast on a freeway if you’re behind the wheel of a smooth, powerful car, it’s easy to apply too much spray paint in one go. That’s why you need to resist the temptation to create a deep, wet look on the surfaces you spray paint. Instead, stop painting before you think the surface is as wet as it should be, allow the paint to dry, then apply thinner coats.
At the moment Ultimate Turbo is only available in black and white, but I expect more colors to be added in time. I also expect other brands to come up with upgraded spray cans once the plus size takes hold. It’s amazing how much better the big box with a big throw performs.
Steve Maxwell is a fan of sanding between coats of paint when he wants a really nice finish. Visit BaileyLineRoad.com and join 32,000 people around the world who receive Steve’s Saturday morning email newsletter every week.