The world’s first aerosol cans appeared in 1862, and in 1953 Ed Seymour guessed to use the invention to spray paint in production. He also changed the shape of the bottom of the spray can and added balls to stir the paint when shaking it. The invention brought him considerable fame and provided for the rest of his life. With the help of spray paint, you can quickly and evenly paint over large areas, give a second life to old furniture, create an original interior decoration from improvised materials.
It penetrates into the most inaccessible places, dries quickly. When working with aerosols, there is no need to use brushes, rollers and other tools.
It is generally accepted that graffiti – a drawing with spray paint on a wall – is nothing more than teenage pampering or even hooliganism. This opinion was not formed from scratch – it is much easier to buy a spray can than to learn how to draw, and indeed – the graffiti on the walls for the most part does not carry artistic value.
But everything is not so clear. Do you know that in recent years professional graffiti has grown to the point that it is considered a full-fledged variety of monumental painting?
In the West, with the help of graffiti on large walls, they create entire virtual quarters that transform the appearance of the city. Aerosol cans are divided into several types.
According to the functions performed: heat-resistant – for outdoor work and for drawings in rooms with high temperatures, painting heating radiators and stoves; moisture resistant – with the addition of latex, for rooms with high humidity; light-resistant – do not fade even in the bright sun; with increased wear resistance – they contain silicone, suitable for places subject to frequent mechanical stress; environmentally friendly –
they completely lack toxic elements, such paints are used, for example, for face painting; food – confectionery sprays and aerosols allow you to decorate the table with exotic golden pineapples and silver cherries;
External effects: matte; glossy; mother-of-pearl; chameleons – changing color depending on the lighting; with sequins; fluorescent – glow in the dark; with imitation of various textures (stone, chalk, slate board); metallic – perhaps the most popular paint, with which any object will look bronze, copper, gold or silver.
In most cases, spray paint can replace regular paint without losing effectiveness. But there are areas in which the properties of aerosols provide serious advantages in terms of speed and quality of the result: airbrushing on cars and motorcycles; construction – in external and internal finishing works; body art – drawings on the human body; furniture restoration; decoration of large and small interior items; street spray art; cooking
Paints in spray cans are in great demand for a reason, they are very convenient. The paint lays down evenly, when spraying streaks occur much less often than when working with a brush or roller. Fast application and drying speed. The paint usually sets in a few minutes – this time is enough to be able to apply the next layer. Complete drying depends on the surface to be painted.
Glass dries the longest – 24 hours. Convenient form for storage – the paint remaining in the can does not spill and does not dry out, regardless of how many times and with what interruptions you used the can. Ideal for stencil drawings. The borders of the picture are very clear – the aerosol method of application does not leave the opportunity to get under the stencil.
There is no need for additional equipment and materials – brushes, rollers, solvent. It is indispensable in working with products of complex shape – it penetrates into the most inaccessible places. Convenient for simultaneous painting of a large number of small parts. Excellent adhesion to a variety of materials – metal, plastic, ceramics, stone, glass, wood.
When working with aerosols, you need to follow some rules: Use a respirator and goggles. Shake the can vigorously for 2-3 minutes before use. Work outdoors or in a well-ventilated area. Aerosols are flammable – do not use paint near open flames. Close surfaces not intended for painting – floors, foreign objects, walls. To do this, you can use plastic wrap, newspapers, masking tape.
Hold the can upright. If you turn it upside down, the paint will stop getting into the spray gun. Apply the paint on a clean, dry, fat-free surface, prime the rough surfaces first. In the presence of holes and drops of water or dirt – even small ones – the coating will be uneven.
Spray the paint evenly, in a thin layer from a distance of 25-30 cm. If there is a need for a more saturated color, it is better to apply the next layer after the first has dried. Then there will be no streaks, bubbles and cracks on the surface. Use a stencil or masking tape to create crisp edges on your drawing. If you use the paint outdoors, work in calm weather so that dust and small debris do not get on the surface.