How To Fix Common Spray Paint Disasters

Spray paint. We all love it. But sometimes things can go very wrong. Not to worry, here are a few ways to fix almost any spray paint disaster.
This is what happens when you hold your nozzle too close and spray to heavily. 
Drips

Drips
and even the dreaded crackling. Which, I have come to know is from not waiting 24 hours between coats. Patients is a virtue, right?
Wait until your paint is dry and grab your very fine grit wet or dry sand paper. I chose the 1000 grit.

Add some dish soap to a bowl of water and get your sand paper soapy and wet, rub away your mistakes! 
Using a super fine grit paper is awesome. It smoothes it right down and keeps the finish. I didn’t even have to re- coat all of the mistakes. Just the ones where the wood was exposed. Just remember to let dry for 24 hours between coats or you may be doing this again to fix your crackles. I know because it happened.
three boys

Comments

  1. Comeca Jones says:

    Good advice thanks.

  2. Rene says:

    Wow, thanks for sharing.

  3. Handkerchiefgal says:

    You just saved me a lot of pain! Thank you!

  4. Katie says:

    Thanks for the great tip.

  5. Emily says:

    Thanks for the tips! I often wondered why I had drips and a crackling look when I spray painted. I guess I'm impatient.

  6. Korrie@RedHenHome says:

    Great tips! Thank you.

  7. Cassie @ Primitive & Proper says:

    this is genius! i hate all those drips that happen with spray paint- thanks for sharing!

  8. Cassie @ Primitive & Proper says:

    this is genius! i hate all those drips that happen with spray paint- thanks for sharing!

  9. Cassie @ Primitive & Proper says:

    this is genius! i hate all those drips that happen with spray paint- thanks for sharing!

  10. Cassie @ Primitive & Proper says:

    this is genius! i hate all those drips that happen with spray paint- thanks for sharing!

  11. Cassie @ Primitive & Proper says:

    this is genius! i hate all those drips that happen with spray paint- thanks for sharing!

  12. Miss Char says:

    I always have the best intentions of going slowly and not applying too much paint…then I get excited to finish and a drip will appear. This is a great fix for drips. Thanks so much for sharing.

  13. Pretty Unique Furniture says:

    Thanks for the tips, I always hold my can too close! Tina

  14. Julia @ 551Eastdesign says:

    Thank you so much! I never knew about using soap.

  15. Foundinthe-ALI says:

    I love that you don't need to re-paint!! Awesome. I'm the "impatient-double-coater-in-an-hour" type a gal ;)

    Thanks for sharing

    Ali
    foundintheali.blogspot.com

  16. Katie @ Newcomb Home says:

    Thanks for sharing! I'm going to have to try the soapy water next time. I'm always impatient with a can of spray paint :)

  17. B.Cheniful says:

    Oh man, I'm HORRIBLE at spraypainting! I'll try this out for sure! Until then, I'll just turn it good side out. :)

  18. Bonnie ~ a wee Meenit says:

    so how about a spray paint mistake like this:

    http://aweemeenit.blogspot.com/2011/08/spray-paint-mistake.html

    wondering what to do, the frame is plastic!
    thanks

  19. Bin Hire Melbourne says:

    Thanks for sharing this idea to us.

  20. Carrie says:

    Thank you for the good advice! I would also say, as someone who has spray painted several things, you should read the back of the can for each kind of paint you buy. They each have different instructions and drying times!

  21. I had experienced paint disaster and it was so frustrating on solving it. It is really good to have an ideas on how to fix it.

  22. Donnie says:

    It’s actually a cool and helpful piece of info. I am satisfied that you just shared this useful information with us. Please stay us up to date like this. Thank you for sharing.

  23. Kimberly says:

    Thank you for your tip. I am helping a friend refinish and reupholster a beloved chair of her husbands and I was afraid that I had ruined the project. Thanks again!

  24. Tanya says:

    Thanks for this info! The promise of a thrift store lamp has been salvaged after a bad Krylon job .Thanks!

  25. Katie says:

    Does this work with enamel spray paint too?

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