Having the ability to spray paint ceramics allows you to revamp something old or upgrade something that’s cheap. Below are some tips on how to spray paint ceramics.
#1) Choose your pieces- Before you start spray painting, you’ll need to choose your ceramic pieces. If you have an unwanted piece of ceramic, you might want to try out the spray paint and then proceed to your project.
#2) Slightly sand the ceramic- Slightly sanding the ceramic will ensure that the spray paint is applied evenly. Ceramics tend to have a smooth and glossy finish. Therefore, you should use a over scuff to lightly sand the surfaces. You should avoid over sanding or using more powerful methods. If you sand the ceramic too much, the surface can get scratched. It’ll be extremely difficult to apply the spray paint evenly.
#3) Make sure the ceramic is clean- After you sand the ceramic, there will be left over dirt and debris. It is important to clean the ceramic in order to prep it for the spray paint. If there is any leftover dirt/debris, it’ll get stuck in between the ceramic and the spray paint. It’ll look gritty; as if it has a sandy finish.
#4) Read the safety precautions and prep- After you clean the ceramic, you should double-check the instructions on the spray paint can. The manufacturer might have specific instructions when it comes to the distance that you should hold the can away from the ceramic. You should wear protective eye wear and a breathing mask when you are spray painting inside. Even if the window is open, it is better to increase the ventilation. This will prevent you from breathing in any toxic or harmful fumes from the spray paint.
#5) Spray away- Finally, you are ready to spray paint your ceramic item(s). You should apply three coats of spray paint when you are working with ceramics. However, it is essential to wait the proper amount of time between drying sessions. The ceramic should be completely dry before you apply another coat. Sometimes ceramic can take longer to dry than other materials. Therefore, it is important to be patient and take your time. If you fail to wait, the spray paint will look unattractive and uneven.
#6) Gloss spray sealer- When you spray paint ceramics, you should apply a gloss spray sealer when you finish. Spray sealers ensure the spray paint sticks to the ceramic. Because ceramic can be smooth and slippery, gloss spray sealer is especially important. Applying a spray sealer creates a glossy shine that’ll make your ceramics stand out. Note- It is common for spray sealers to slightly yellow over a couple of years. Most of the time, the yellow shade is not that noticeable. But if you are concerned about your ceramics or you are choosing a light shade of spray paint, you can pay for a spray sealer that won’t yellow over time. They are more expensive but they can also give you peace of mind.
Spray painting allows you to experiment with different colors and styles. You can upgrade your décor and improve your surroundings by spray painting your ceramics. If you are looking for a cheap piece of ceramic to experiment with, you should check out your local discount store or thrift shop. This will allow you to try out the spray paint before you apply it to your expensive objects. When storing away your paints and equipment, make sure to use something that is clean and will keep everything dust-free. A nifty suggestion is to purchase one of those inexpensive clear backpacks. This allows you to obviously see your paints through the back, but it also allows for you to carry them around with great ease! Being plastic, they can also just wipe clean if you happen to spill some paint on them. Happy painting!