I normally don't frame my pieces, but I've been finding some affordable thrift shop items this summer that are making me think twice. I've started experimenting with different brands and finishes of spray paint to freshen them up, and here's what I've learned so far:
- Use a paint-and-primer-in-one product, always. The coverage is noticeably better.
- You know those instructions on the can? Follow them. Several thin coats are best.
- A high-gloss finish does not compliment felted pieces. This is obviously a matter of opinion, but I find the glossiness distracts from and makes pieces seem dull.
- Humidity is not your friend... don't even bother trying to paint on a humid day.
- Don't set pieces to dry in the hot sun - the heat seems to make fresh paint bubble and crack.
- Paint and let your items dry on a flat, level surface to avoid drips. If you do end up with a few, sand once dry (fine grit) and reapply paint.
- Don't go overboard with how many coats you apply - too many can make frames more susceptible to chipping.
- Get ready, 'cause you're gonna want to spray paint EVERYTHING. It's fun and addictive.