I stumbled on this little trick for getting spray paint projects to dry more quickly completely by accident the other day and I was completely flabbergasted when it actually worked! I was spray painting and I was feeling impatient and, well, I guess necessity really is the mother of invention!
So you remember last week when I shared my mason jar air freshener? (By the way, check that one out if you haven’t! I’m so surprised at how well it works for something so simple!) Anyway, I got to the part where I had painted the lid and I was ready to move on to assembling the whole thing.
Lookin’ good, lid! Time to pick you up and put you on your jar! Right? Right?
The weather was a little cooler that day so even though I thought I had let it dry long enough, the chilliness was preventing the paint from setting. But I wanted to use it now! I tried screwing the lid on the jar anyway because at that point my hand was already painty, but it was too tacky and wouldn’t go on properly. I thought if I could rub some wax on it maybe it would glide more smoothly and THEN I had a moment of brilliance!
I sprayed the inside of the lid lightly with a wax-based furniture polish and it worked perfectly! I decided to try spraying the whole lid too, just to see what would happen, then I wiped the excess off. I kind of expected it to make the paint bubble up and peel off, but all if did was make it so the paint was now set and I could pick up my lid and use it as if it had been drying in the hot sun for 30 minutes!
Do you know what this means??!
No more waiting!
Painty instant gratification from now on!
World peace for ever!
Well, maybe not quite, but it’s a pretty neat little discovery anyway. 🙂
Try it out the next time you spray paint something!
Just spray your paint, wait a moment, spray your polish and wipe it off!
I’m pretty sure I’ll be spray painting even more from now on now that I’ve cut out all that annoying waiting time!
Do you have any awesome spray painting tips that make spray painting even better?