Spray Painting on Glass
Re-Scape has learned a trick or two about spray painting on glass lately, especially those clear glass vases that florists send out…kind of drab and dull without the beautiful floral arrangements and ribbons right? Well, there are lots of possibilities with these vases and they start with a can of spray paint.
I am fascinated by glass.
It’s a material that although so breakable has a certain quality to it that just seems to last forever….well, if you don’t break it that is LOL. When I started Re-Scape, I became fascinated with the way people recycled their glass with painting, fabric, mosaic tiling, decoupaging paper on them…it opened up a whole new world for me. I have always been pretty creative and artistic and this seemed the perfect place for me to redevelop some skills where I had become rusty. Yes, I have lots of cans of spray paint on the garage shelf and lately they haven’t been used very much so I thought “yes, I am going to use up that spray paint and create some beautiful new art work at the same time”. What better way than to use the spray paint on the vases? Yes!
but I decided that I would use up what I already had first before I spent any money on buying new product. Luckily I had a variety of types such as regular old spray paint, outdoor spray paint, acrylic coat, indoor/outdoor. Now I don’t remember why I chose the ones I did with a few exceptions but it was a place to start. In previous years I used the paint for cement bricks, outdoor furniture, plastics. I had no idea of what would be the best for glass. The brands I’m most partial to are Rust-Oleum, Valspar and Krylon. There was one brand (I don’t seem to see around anymore) called Miracal. I had specifically bought a metallic to use on my previous car (silver) when it started getting old and a bit ragged.
If I had to pick the one that worked the absolute best I would say it was Rust-Oleum satin but the Valspar is a close second. Krylon is good too but seemed to scratch more easily/longer to dry. I also now avoid using a high gloss spray on anything I am going to overlay with paint or embellishment. It could just be me but I find it messes up the most. Satin finish is my favorite followed by matte but it does depend on the look you are trying to achieve. You can always use a high gloss coat when you are done to give a glossy finish.
I also learned you can do so many things with simple overlays.
I have used fishnet pantyhose stockings with great success. They worked well because they formed right to vase and stayed taut. Rubber bands are also a great way to achieve a great abstract art look but be sure to let the vase dry completely before removing and it’s better to cut the rubber bands off than to try to slide them over the paint when done. I also had good success with paper and cloth doilies wrapped around the vases but again, they must lay very flat and steady and it’s tricky unless you can secure them directly against the vases.
This way, people can use them to hold flowers/greenery without worrying. I had a hard time spraying the vases when I stood them opening up on a stand to spray them. I wanted to cover the bottom too but that meant spraying, drying then turning over and spraying again. It also meant that when getting close to the top edge, spray paint would often go into the vase if I didn’t do an exacting seal on the top…again, very tricky. It came to me the best way was to spray them upside down. That also got tricky as I tried to stead a more pear shaped vase on a tiny neck. Oh yes, there were falling over and getting paint all over everything moments. Great big finger prints on side of vase. You get the picture. So I went in the garage and found two round dowel like stakes…one was wood the other pvc. I took them and hammered them into the ground in my backyard and I have to say, that simple idea turned out to be a complete blessing! It made the spraying so much easier, hands free and no worry of falling over! I could also see the parts I was missing as it wasn’t “sitting” on something.
- Be sure to work in a ventilated area
- Be sure to wear some kind of safety goggles as the paint mists all around
- Be sure to cover your feet (yes, I have spray painted my feet…lightly and please don’t tell)
- Be sure to shake the can well and avoid continual spraying as it clogs the head
- Be sure to hold the can around 6-8 inches away to avoid over spraying/dripping
- Be sure to move the can easily back and forth to avoid concentration of paint in one area
- Be sure to let it dry thoroughly-even if it says “in minutes” that isn’t usually true
It’s better to spray a thin coat and go back and cover than to risk getting it too thick or dripping. To protect your work you should consider using an acrylic or poly coat on top to avoid damaging your new finish. Try not to spray on windy days as more gets in the air than on the product. Wind can also bring fallout from nearby trees and shrubs, which does stick to the newly painted surface. If your paint can gets clogged, try holding it upside down and spraying for a minute. This usually helps to release the clogged nozzle.
Most importantly have fun with it! Mix different colors and finishes, use overlays for design impact and always have fun! Thank you for being here with me for another Re-Scape article! As always, I appreciate your feedback and questions!
I’m off to the Re-Scape Studio! Take care and see you next time! Brenda