You are probably wondering “why would she spend the time to spray paint a trash can?” and my answer would be “the plastic garbage can was ugly and looked like horrible in his media room”. Then you see the finished product has no lid. That was decided because my 17 year old did not want the lid on it because “the lid gets in the way when I am trying to THROW the garbage away”. Plus I have to tell you that I screwed up the lid and since the weather is rainy and too cold to spray paint, I was relieved when my son said he did not want the lid.
Fail turned Success.
Of course, I have to add that I already had the spray paint from other projects so there was nothing to purchase. Even my husband’s witty question “why don’t you just go buy one you like?” did not stop me. Plus this was a perfectly good garbage can that needed cleaned (teenage son does not seem to remember where the garbage bags are) and in all reality there is not much choice in color for plastic garbage cans. Rustoleum 2x spray works great on plastic too but I did spray plastic primer where metallic spray went.
It is winter so I had to be a bit inventive since it was only 40 degrees out. It is advised against spray painting in cold weather so I came up with a solution- I kept the paint and trashcan inside and taped off the metallic part first. I then took the work bench outside to spray on and took the stuff outside and quickly sprayed and brought back in to dry for a couple hours. The key to spray painting is light coats so you will have some difference in shading just be patient because 2-3 coats are needed. After it was slightly dry but sort of tacky (I should have let it dry but I only had a short amount of sunshine on a winter day) I sprayed the second coat and brought it inside. I let it sit for a day and it felt dry (cured) but I should have waited a couple more days but I had another sunny 40s winter day. So I taped off and repeated the spraying process.
Now here comes the fail.
When I carefully removed the tape, I carefully removed a top layer of metallic paint. Ugh, so I had the brilliant idea to try and use a small paint brush and spray the metallic in a small soda lid and dab to cover up so overspray. WELL, that does NOT work! It was like applying paint remover so that is why I agreed to the no lid on the garbage can.
My lesson is for you- let the paint cure for a few days before taping! Be patient.
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