How to Spray Paint a Wall

by Joshua Benjamin
A typical use of spray paint on a wall.

A typical use of spray paint on a wall.

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While spray paint is not the best medium for putting a new color on a wall, you can still use it as a quick-fix in certain situations. If you're creatively inclined, you can also use spray paint in art projects. Spray painting a wall is a simple process, but there are a few tricks you can use to get it right the first time.

Items you will need

  • Sponge
  • Soap and water
  • Clean cloth
Step 1

Clean off the wall with your sponge and soap and water. Dry off the wall with your clean cloth or towel. Spray paint adheres best to clean surfaces.

Step 2

Shake the spray can for about two minutes, then point the nozzle at the wall and press the spray button. Pause every 10 seconds or so to re-shake the paint to make sure it does not settle.

Step 3

Hold the spray can about 6 to 8 inches away from the wall as you spray for best results. Move the spray slowly as you paint in order to get the best consistency.

Step 4

Allow the spray to dry for about an hour, then add a second coat of paint as needed.

Tips & Warnings

  • Spray paint doesn't come in as many colors as regular paint, but there are still dozens of colors to choose from. Make sure you select the right color for your particular needs.
  • If you are spray painting an artistic project, make sure you have enough room to complete it. If you're just covering up a blemish or two, make sure you know where said blemishes are located so you don't waste paint covering up areas that don't need it.
  • You may need to apply more than two coats depending on the type of paint you use and the type of project you're painting.

About the Author

Joshua Benjamin began as a professional freelance writer in 2009. He has successfully published numerous articles spanning a broad range of topics. Benjamin's areas of expertise include auto repair, computer hardware and software, firearms operation and maintenance, and home repair and maintenance. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Business Administration from California State University, Fresno.

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