Last Updated: August 12, 2020
While many people are hesitant to use spray paint on their furniture, it can be a great way to inexpensively revitalize your furniture indoors and out. Of course, this is not a task that you want to embark on without any forethought. There are a ton of spray paint brands out there, and many of them are not going to do the job you want them to do.
It can be hard to tell if you’re getting a brand that’s up to the task or worth the money when shopping online. That’s why we assembled these reviews of the best spray paints for wood furniture. We also created a buyer’s guide to walk you through buying spray paint, so if you’ve never used it before, we have you covered. We hope that you can use this information to get the right spray paint for the task at hand and that you get it at a price you’ll love.
|Best Overall||Rust Oleum 280716 American Accents||
|Best Value||Krylon K05150807||
|Rust-Oleum 249060 Painter’s Touch||
|Rust-Oleum 260728 Metallic Antique||
The Rust-Oleum 280716 American Accents spray paint is a great choice if you’re looking for a colorful way to improve wooden pieces in your life. This spray paint is certified for indoor or outdoor use, so you don’t have to worry about the quality suffering outdoors. It’s fast-drying, making it ready for use or a second coat in about 20 minutes. The color of this spray paint on wood is also superior to that found on competing brands and formulations, meaning you can create furniture that catches the eye and pull together a whole porch or a backyard.
It also comes with a glossy finish, which makes almost anything look great, and comes with Double Cover Technology, which gives superior hiding power to knots and other blemishes in the wood. Unfortunately, the can do come with the occasional quality-control problem, usually related to the nozzle, which can be a bit of pain, but easily rectified by returning or exchanging the can. Overall, this is the best spray paint for people who want to spruce up their lawn furniture.
The Krylon K05150807 is a great choice for people who want to transform their furniture on a budget. You can snag it for a good price that will save you a lot of money if you have to purchase multiple cans relative to other brands. It’s moisture-resistant, which makes it good in humid or rainy areas, and makes it suitable for indoor or outdoor projects. It includes a primer in the can, which saves you a step if you’re working with wood you otherwise would have to prime.
It’s very fast-drying, usually in 10 minutes or less, which means you can do a second coat just a short time later or get to use your new furniture in no time at all. This paint does tend to be more on the very glossy side of the spectrum, which might be too glossy for some people and their furniture. On the other hand, it’s entirely possible that’s a look you’re going for, as it comes down to personal taste. Overall, this spray paint works well, and since you can get it for such a great price, it’s easily the best value on this list.
The best thing about Rust-Oleum 249060 is that it dries quickly so that you can be done with your work and be disappointed with the quality of the paint that much sooner. This paint doesn’t provide good coverage, which means you must go over the same areas repeatedly to get a solid coat, which is a time-consuming and expensive process. This isn’t the cheapest spray paint on the market, either, so you’re not going to want to buy more of it than you have to.
The paint itself is also a frequent area of pain. Often the color varies from can do can, so if you’re covering something large, you may notice slight differences from one can to the next, which looks bad. It also has a habit of getting clumpy, which wreaks havoc on spray paint containers, and often causes them to malfunction, which results in runny paint, which is a pain to deal with. Overall, there’s little reason to buy this spray paint, and it would be best to avoid it.
Rust-Oleum has a long tradition of making products that are great at resisting rust, and the Rust-Oleum 260728 Metallic Antique spray paint is no exception. While it might be good for a touch-up project, it’s going to be hard to get good use out of this product in most circumstances. The first problem is that despite costing a bit more than comparable cans, it only covers about 15 square feet, which is half of the 30 square feet that you expect from a normal can of spray paint. It also has a dull finish, which is generally not what you’re looking for when you’re trying to create a metal-like finish.
However, the real problem with this spray paint is the can. Rust-Oleum chose to create a special can for this spray paint, which doesn’t use a traditional nozzle, and the entire experience suffers for it. No matter how much you shake the can, there’s a good chance that it shoots out paint in a wide arc everywhere. That’s a pain to clean up, and it makes it hard to coat the thing you’re trying to paint consistently. Overall, this is poor value and makes for a frustrating experience.
The three key attributes of spray paint are color, consistency, and delivery.
You want to make sure that you get the color that you’re looking for when you shop for spray paint. Since you can’t try it out before you buy, a good way of finding out if it works is to read reviews, as people are more than happy to complain if the color wasn’t what they wanted. You should also pay attention to the level of gloss. Some paints are matte or flat, and others are very glossy, and you get very different effects at different ends of the spectrum.
The consistency of the paint is important, too. Some paints last for a long time because they come in a consistency that allows for thick coverage, without being so thick that they clog the nozzle. If it’s too thin, it’s going to be hard to get a consistent coat, which reduces the lifespan of the paint, but also could result in dribbling, which can be a pain to resolve manually.
Finally, you should make sure that you’re getting a good delivery system. Some companies skimp on the nozzles, so even when the paint is the right consistency, you’ll sometimes have to deal with clogs. With some companies, you can buy replacement nozzles, so it might be handy to have a few of those on hand if you’re doing a big project and don’t want to deal with clogs.
Our favorite spray paint is the Rust-Oleum 280699 American Accents spray paint, which provides a fast-drying, vibrant paint suitable for indoor or outdoor use. The Krylon K05150807 is our choice for best for the money, due in large part to its moisture resistance and the inclusion of primer, which makes application easy. Rust-Oleum 249060 is fast-drying but has some flaws that make it a poor buy. Likewise, the Rust-Oleum 260728 Metallic Antique spray paint is also a deeply-flawed spray paint due to its poor coverage, dull finish, and commonly malfunctioning nozzle.
We hope that our reviews have given you some ideas about how you can best beautify your wooden furniture. You should be able to use this information to find a brand of spray paint that creates a beautiful final project and comes at a great price, too.
David Janus is the founder and CEO of Paint Sprayer Magazine. He has over two decades of experience in the spray paint industry and still enjoys writing about new products and technologies.
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