My view of spray paint
I have tried many colors and varieties of spray paint lately. I take the word of other refinishers and sometimes am pleased – sometimes not so much. I don’t care for the look of white washing, glazing or antiquing – at least not so far – so I try to stay with the clean and fresh look.
First – I don’t know that my results have been any different when I sand versus when I don’t. In general – lately I have been skipping that step entirely other than when it is necessary due to defects in the wood. I clean the piece, remove any debris like stuck on tape etc… then I prime.
Krylon primer – I haven’t had a whole lot of success with their primer. It seems to require multiple coats on anything I do.
Valspar primer – This primer leaves the smoothest finish I can imagine. It is great for things that will see frequent pressure such as desks, table tops etc…
Kilz primer – For application purposes this is by far the best. It is thicker, has a bit of a texture, and when you paint over it, there is a great deal less dripping as long as you keep moving. It is imperative that you constantly shake that can – learned a lesson there. However, because of the texture, it would not make a good primer for a table top or desk top but it does hide some surface imperfections.
My favorite primer depends on which piece of furniture I am working on. For dressers the Kilz works great, has the quickest drying time and keeps my projects moving. But as far as what I think looks the best – I really like the Valspar primer.
Now – on to paint.
Krylon – I love the ease of applying that paint and the large number of colors they offer. However, they change colors seasonally and I have repeatedly been involved in projects and have not been able to purchase additional cans when I run out. Also, this paint takes the most time to apply because it seems to be the one that drips the most. I have to lay furniture down to paint, wait for sides to dry then move it around to get to another side. It can take a long time. Another variable I need to contend with when choosing Krylon is the fumes. I have yet to find any other kind of spraypaint that produces such toxic fumes. I actually need to step away from projects to allow my lungs to heal after just a few projects – even with using masks and doing the projects outside in the open air. It could be due to my personal sensitivities, but it is definitely a limitation.
Valspar – This is by far my favorite paint for application and finished product. It seems to drip less than the others. My only issue with Valspar (easily resolved) is you have to remember to keep shaking the can or the color that comes out at the beginning of the can is very different than what comes out by the time you get to the end of that can. The other issue that I have seen, and I have no idea why – if it does drip – the color pigment seems to concentrate in the drip and the drips become much darker than the project. Drips can be disastrous with Valspar.
Rustoleum – I don’t actually use their paint too much, but I have for some easier projects. The reasons I choose Rustoleum are the “different” color options, the variety of textured paints and the metallic paints. For normal projects I would use the Rustoleum 2X unless I need one of their specialized formulas.
So generally speaking – I much prefer Valspar over any other unless there is an absolute reason to choose Krylon or Rustoleum.