I ordered a car hang that I originally wanted in metal but could only source in wood. The car hang is a laser cut-out of the Arabic word for God: Allah. While it did look pretty good in wood, I’ve always wanted it in metallic/silver. The solution? Getting it spray painted in silver, of course.
First up, I looked for a spray paint that can be used on wood – it was actually easier to find than I thought. I found a 300 ml bottle of silver coloured Brilliant Spray Paint (no, that is the name) at Checkers.
Since I have no previous experience in spray painting anything, I ordered 2 of the same car hang (in case I spoil the one), and watched a YouTube video before starting. The 3-minute demo was crammed with a bunch of tips and guides and by the end of it, I was confident I knew enough to get it done
more or less right.
What to Remember When Spray Painting
- Hold the bottle at 90 degrees from the surface to be painted
- Keep your hand steady when moving back and forth
- Wait for the surface to dry completely before starting the next coat
I tested the spray paint first on a wooden stick to get a feel of what it’s like to spray, how to maintain the same pressure while spraying, and how to keep my hand at the correct angle. And then the fun began!
After doing three coats, I decided to do one last one on either side for a brilliant finish.
I didn’t use a face mask, but I would probably use one the next time purely because of the smell. It’s potent and I’m glad I did it outdoors so my home didn’t have any trace of a paint smell.
And then it was time to add the key ring and chain, and hang it in its new home!
I have a nearly-full bottle of spray paint to use on something else… I am looking for ideas on what to do next. Any thoughts?