It seems like in every trendy home décor magazine there are shiny lacquered pieces that grace many of the pages. From cabinets to furniture, the high gloss trend seems to stay and is becoming more and more popular. Lucky for the DIYer at heart, you can achieve that chic and stylish finish on your own with the many affordable lacquer spray paints available for both indoor and outdoor use. Here are a few simple rules to help you on your next project.
Prep Your Workspace
When working with spray paint, it is vital to work outdoors if the weather permits, or in a well-ventilated area. Make sure you use a drop cloth, plastic tarp, or newspaper to protect the ground and your surroundings. Take caution to the direction of the wind when spraying, as even a light mist of paint can travel onto unwanted surfaces. Consider wearing goggles, gloves, or a mask for protection as well.
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Prepare Your Surface
Lacquer spray paint is available for all finishes including wood, metal, wicker, plaster, glass and ceramic surfaces. Make sure your subject is clean and free of debris. Remove any hardware if necessary. If you are working with wood, you may need to sand the surface with an electric sander for large pieces or a sand block for smaller pieces or intricate areas. Metal can be prepped with a wire brush to remove any rust. Most projects may require one coat of primer before you apply your lacquer. Primer will help with hiding blemishes, paint adhesion, and color enhancement.
Smooth and Even Coats
Lacquer spray paint is meant to give a high gloss factory like finish to your project. Once your surface is prepped, shake the can very well and apply smooth and even strokes by holding the can approximately 6-8 inches away. The paint will typically dry in about 15 minutes to the touch. It is always best to do several thin coats versus few thick coats. This will help prevent any paint drips. Most lacquer spray paint finishes will take approximately 24 hours to dry completely.
With these few easy steps, you can achieve this beautiful lacquer style to an accent mirror in your entryway or even a large statement piece in your living room. Growing in popularity over the past several years, this trend is sure to stick around for many more.