Spraying an Object

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Figure 10: Spray edges with some overlap onto the flat surface.
Figure 11: Tall sides are started on the corners, then sides, then the tops.
Figure 12: A slight angle of the gun is intentional to assure overspray lands only in the uncoated area.

Tables, cabinets, columns, and other objects are approached differently than walls and panels. The awareness of the spraying angle becomes even more critical in order to not have overspray ruin an otherwise perfect paint job.


Always start by spraying the bottom of an object, such as the underside of the table. That way you can flip it upside down, spray the bottom and inner sections, then turn it back over to spray the key surfaces.


Next, do the corners and edges using a technique called “banding”. This is not to be confused with the banding from improper overlap. This banding refers to the spray wrapping around the edge, coating the sides and the edge of the main top in one pass (Figure 10). Narrow tabletops are easier than thick walled tabletops (Figure 11), and you have to change up the application method to suite the object. Regardless of the shape, complete the banding first, then the non-critical sides, and then the most visible surface last. This avoids overspray where you cannot afford to have it.


When it comes to spraying table tops and other objects, you are often spraying at an angle. Some guns allow for some adjusting of the spray pattern, but really the easier approach is angle the spray so the overspray is covered with the next row of wet material (Figure 12).

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