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Mini makes for Father’s Day with PlastiKote spray paint

Stuck for something to give Dad on Father’s Day? Here are a quick and easy projects with PlastiKote spray paint. Small projects are a great way of using up leftover spray paint and if you can recycle something you already have, then all the better!

Does his shed need a bit of a tidy up? Use Chalkboard spray paint to create a band around a jam jar that he can label and re-label over the years. We sprayed the lids with some leftover Twist & Spray Colour in Real Red. Wrap them up with a couple of sticks of chalk and they’ll make a lovely gift.

 

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Recycle an old frame or charity shop find. Pick a colour and finish from one of our colour and effects ranges – Twist & Spray, Fast Dry Enamel, Hydro, Metallic or Chalk. Pop in a photo of you and he’ll be delighted! We sprayed a maché frame from Hobbycraft with Twist & Spray in April Green Gloss and decorated it with washi tape.

 

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Why not make a fun sign for his shed or den? All you need is a cheap wooden plaque (or wood off-cut from his shed!) and some children’s wooden letters. Spray paint in your chosen colours and assemble using a hot glue gun. Attach a hook or wire to hang it with and you have a clever little sign. You could even do a ‘Keep Out’ or ‘Quiet please’ sign!

 

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Top tip: find the key easily with PlastiKote spray paint

This top tip was passed on to us by a company that uses various padlocks in one area, all the same make, but with different keys. They tried using different fobs but inevitably not everyone could remember which one was which and would have to try each key until they found the right one.

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Their ingenious solution was to use leftover PlastiKote spray paint in different colours to spray each lock and key to make it super easy to match them.

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These are the first two they did, spraying the key whilst in the lock to make it a really quick fix! The keys can be kept on the same keyring as there’s no mistaking which key goes with which lock – genius!

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This idea could be used for any set of keys. Spray the top of a key to match a front door, garage door, filing cabinet, store cupboard, etc. Even if the locks are different, it makes it easy to see which one you need. It could be particularly helpful for an elderly person who may forget which key is used for what – colour code their key to match the colour of the door.

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Top tip: using PlastiKote spray paint on a wet and windy day

One of the most frequently asked questions we get is how do I spray paint when it is raining or windy?

The answer is simple – we use a garage or shed and a cardboard box as a spray booth. A spray booth is easy to make, extremely effective and usually free! Get a big box – the bigger the better.  Set it up in your garage or shed, preferably on an old table already covered with newspaper or cardboard.

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Another top tip is to use a smaller box inside your booth to act as a plinth to stand your item to be sprayed on. This can easily be moved to enable access all round your sprayed item without having to touch it. Place the object you want to spray on the plinth and spray.

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The overspray stays on the inside of the box.  A spray paint booth is ideal for using PlastiKote spray paint on small projects.

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Top tips: looking after your PlastiKote spray paint

Inevitably, unless you’re spraying a large item of furniture, you will be left with some paint in the can after using PlastiKote spray paint. These odds and ends of paint are ideal for mini makeovers like transforming a picture frame or spraying the lids of storage jars, so you don’t want to throw it away. Here are four top tips for storing a partially used can:

 

2 - Wedding favour jar being sprayed with PlastiKote Twist and Spray in Cameo Pink

 

 

  1. When you complete the project in hand, turn the can upside down and spray on to some newspaper until the gas has been expelled and nothing is coming out of the nozzle. This will clear the tube and nozzle of any paint residue and prevent clogging.
  2. Clean the nozzle with a q-tip to make sure it doesn’t get clogged up.
  3. Store spray paint cans indoors, in a shed or garage where the temperature won’t fall below freezing.
  4. A can of unopened spray paint has a shelf-life of approximately 10 years but once used, it should not be stored for more than two years.

 

2 - Flower pots being sprayed with PlastiKote Twist and Spray Primer in White

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Mini make: heart shaped chocolate box with PlastiKote spray paint

Here’s a really affordable and easy make for your loved one on Valentine’s day –  or indeed on any day! Spray a maché heart shaped box (Hobbycraft) or an old tin or box that you wish to recycle with PlastiKote spray paint. We used Fast Dry Enamel in Red Metallic, a lovely rich red but you could also use Twist & Spray Bright Red Gloss or Real Red Satin. We applied a paper heart motif to the lid to add interest. Fill the tin with chocolates, their favourite sweets, mementoes of a special day or little love notes. Much more personal and thoughtful than shop-bought!

 

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Top tips: priming your project with PlastiKote spray paint

Many of our spray paints don’t require a primed surface but our top tip this month is to prime your project if it is to be in everyday use. PlastiKote spray paint has developed a wide range of different primers to make sure your project is fully prepared.

Anything that is going to be used frequently eg items of furniture, will benefit from a coat of primer first as it gives added adhesion and durability.

 

Priming wooden table with PlastiKote Twist & Spray Primer

Priming wooden table with PlastiKote Twist & Spray Primer

 

We also find that coverage is even better when a coat of primer is applied, especially with our water-based paints.

Bare wood, MDF and terracotta should always be primed. Of course, your colour spray paint will adhere without priming but wood, MDF and terracotta will soak the paint up and you will use a lot more spray paint.

 

Terracotta pots being primed in Twist & Spray Primer in White

Terracotta pots being primed in Twist & Spray Primer in White

 

Primer also gives a helping hand when spraying onto metal. Our metal primers also fight rust and offer protection from corrosion.

 

Priming metal railings with PlastiKote Metal Primer in Red Oxide

Priming metal railings with PlastiKote Metal Primer in Red Oxide

 

 

 

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Mini makes: jam jar tea light holders with PlastiKote spray paint

Use up leftover PlastiKote spray paint to make pretty tea light holders for the festive period and beyond! Elastic bands were wrapped around these little jars before they were sprayed with leftover Metallics in Copper, Brushed Nickel, Gold and Silver. When thoroughly dry, the elastic bands were removed to leave a pattern of lines. Drop in a tea light and finish with a ribbon.

 

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The same method was applied with this fishbowl glass vase.

 

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Please be careful with candles! Always be candle safe!

 

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Mini make: tin advent calendar with Plastikote spray paint

Have a go at making your own advent calendar this year using tin cans and PlastiKote spray paint.

This is a great way of using up leftover spray paint. Spray 24 clean tin cans, paint or write on numbers 1 to 24, fill with a sweet treat or small gift and cover with tissue held on with ribbon or an elastic band. Looks fabulous stacked or lined up on a staircase. Or why not hide them round the house and make it a treasure hunt every day?

 

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Mini make: Halloween ghosts with PlastiKote spray paint

Here’s a really quick and easy leaf make for Halloween using PlastiKote spray paint. Take a can of Fast Dry Enamel white spray paint (or any leftover white spray paint) and spray dried sycamore leaves or similar. Allow to dry before adding eyes with a black marker. A simple Halloween decoration done in a flash! You could also use PlastiKote’s Glow in the Dark for a spectacular effect in the dark!

 

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For more Halloween ideas visit our special Halloween Pinterest page here.

Want to know more about PlastiKote spray paint? Visit our website here for more inspirational project ideas!

 

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