5 Things You Should Never, Ever Paint

As experts in electrostatic spray painting, we’re certainly not shy about touting our love of spray paint. Spray paint has a range of benefits and is superior to paint rollers in almost all situations. No doubt about it, if you want fast, clean, professional results, then spray paint is the way to go.

Except when it’s not. As much as we wish it were otherwise, not everything is suitable for spray paint. There are a few things around the house that are best left untouched. Here’s a list of 5 common household items that should never, ever be spray painted.

  1. Ovens: Colorful ovens are a growing trend in kitchen design. Red, yellow, purple, even orange ovens are becoming more widely available and can help bring a fun, colorful motif to your kitchen. But if you think you can take jump in on this trend by simply painting your existing oven, then think again. Ordinary spray paint is not heat resistant. Any paint on your oven will crack, peel, or even melt, leaving your appliance looking worse that it was before. Your shortest route to a great looking oven is to keep it clean. When it’s time for a new one, then you can consider investing in something that already comes in your favorite color.
  2. Couches: We’re not sure where the idea to paint a couch came from, but it’s not a good one. There are a ton of online tutorials out there claiming how quick and easy it is. Anyone who follows those tutorials is in for a big, and unpleasant, surprise. Fabric soaks up spray paint like a sponge, so you’ll need to apply coat after coat of paint (with ample drying time between coats, of course) to get your desired color. And assuming you do paint the couch successfully, the paint will leave the couch with a rough, sandpaper feel. Bottom line? Never spray paint a couch.
  3. Bathroom tile: With bathroom tile, it’s not so much the tile as it is the location that’s the issue. Normally, painting tile in the room of house is fine. But bathrooms are exposed to so much moisture on a daily basis that any paint on the tile will eventually corrode. There are epoxy acrylic paints that resist moisture and humidity, but they can be tough to work with and might be more trouble than it’s worth. It’s better to replace the tile to get the color you want.
  4. Pianos: Old pianos are usually dark woods that often clash with more modern décor. But spray painting a piano will a) not look great and, b) diminish the sound of the instrument irreparably. Contact a piano restoration specialist to find out how you can bring your piano up to date, while maintaining its acoustic integrity.
  5. Electronics: Our homes are filled with so many electronics these days including wide-screen televisions, Wi-Fi speaker systems, stereos, Blu-ray and DVD players, and the list goes on. These items usually come in sleek, neutral colors like black, white, or silver that blend with any décor, so there’s no need to go near them with spray paint. In fact, if you do you’ll likely damage these expensive items and void the warranty.

A fresh coat of paint can give practically anything new life. But the items above are definitely on the “do not paint” list. If you’re itching to paint, but aren’t sure you should, contact the experts at Spray Finishes who can guide you towards the best solution.

Spray Finishes, a division of Stone Services has been in the electrostatic spray painting business since 1938. They specialize in on-site painting for both residential and commercial properties, and also have a 10,000 square foot shop for large off-site jobs. Spray Finishes’ friendly and knowledgeable staff is ready to serve you at any of their five tristate area locations, including New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Long Island, and Westchester. Contact Spray Finishes today for an estimate on your next painting project.

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