We see and speak to hundreds of decorators every month, hearing how tired you are of working long hours across weekends and bank holidays, only to find that the results aren’t as stunning as you’d like. Because the one thing they’re all missing is… Knowing how to spray paint!
I want you to ask yourself, do you want to increase your profits and make projects easier to run while providing a top-notch service to your clients? Do you want to have to not work on bank holidays or weekends? If so, it’s time to take a closer look at spray painting, particularly kitchen spray painting, as, at the moment, we know from feedback and experience that this is where the money is.
Kitchen spray painting is rapidly becoming the go-to place for decorators who want to deliver high-quality results in a fraction of the time. Decorators are spending time with us to truly understand the skill and equipment and make that profit. Honestly, there’s no better place to learn than on our C&G Kitchens & Furniture ON SITE Spraying Course, but I appreciate that not everyone is in a position to attend our course, even fully funded through CITB, so in this blog, we’re going to cover some fundamental kitchen spray painting techniques that’ll leave you wondering why you didn’t start spraying sooner.
Before we jump into the techniques, let’s be clear: This blog is aimed at decorators who want to improve their game; it’s hard work, requires learning and takes time to master. We won’t shy away from being punchy or confrontational when needed. So, buckle up, and let’s get started!
Surface Preparation: The Key to a Flawless Finish
The keyword in kitchen spray painting is “preparation.” The more time and effort you put into preparing the surfaces, the better the result will be. We often hear decorators complain that preparing for spraying takes too long, particularly when masking. But you need to make sure that all areas are masked to avoid over-spraying, and that takes time; those that consider it too much time are thinking too small. They’re not evaluating the time saved from spraying, which overall is vastly quicker than painting by hand.
To start, remove all hardware and mask off any areas you don’t want to be painted. Most people remove the doors, but if you’ve ever been on our course, you’ll know there are more efficient ways to spray. Next, clean the surfaces thoroughly, removing any grease or dirt. Once everything is clean, lightly sand the surfaces to ensure the paint adheres properly. I appreciate that you’re a decorator/painter; you’re not here to cleaner, but kitchen spray painting requires you to clean and degrease. If you miss this or don’t do it well, you’ll hurt the end result and not achieve the look and profit you expected. Finally, apply a high-quality primer and let it dry completely.
Choosing the Right Equipment: No Compromises
When it comes to kitchen spray painting, using the right equipment is critical. Investing in a high-quality sprayer will make your job easier and ensure a professional finish that will impress your clients. A good HVLP (High Volume, Low Pressure) sprayer or Airless Sprayer is a must as it provides a more even and controlled application than traditional brushes and rollers or those cheap versions you can pick up from B&Q or ToolStation. You’ll also need the appropriate nozzles, filters, and hoses for the job. Don’t cut corners here – your equipment is your lifeline to success.
I remember being told a story once of a man retiring from a building company with only a month left. His boss gave him a last-minute job of building one last house within that month. Feeling rushed and pressured, he cut corners, making the house slightly less sturdy than any of the others, something he had never done before, but he felt it was the only way he could finish the house. At the end of the month, his boss gave him that house as a living present. The man was disgruntled and upset at what he had done.
The moral of the story is never to cut corners and always consider yourself as the client.
Mastering the Art of the Spray: Technique Matters
Now that you’ve prepped the surfaces and chosen the right equipment, it’s time to dive into the actual spray painting. Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you master the technique.
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- Hold the spray gun approximately 6 to 10 inches away from the surface.
- Begin spraying at one end of the surface, moving in a smooth motion. If you are right-handed, start at the top right and spray vertically, moving in a smooth motion. Flip your starting point for those of you that are left-handed.
- Release the trigger at the end of each pass, then overlap the previous pass by about 50%.
- Maintain a consistent speed and distance from the surface, ensuring a smooth and even coat.
- Apply multiple thin coats, allowing each coat to dry before applying the next.
Remember, practice makes perfect! Don’t be discouraged if your first few attempts aren’t flawless – every pro has been there. Keep practising, and you’ll soon be delivering stunning results in record time. If you do have questions, use the Spraying Makes Sense Facebook group to ask questions.
Understanding the Importance of Paint Quality: You Get What You Pay For
When it comes to kitchen spray painting, the quality of the paint is just as important as the equipment and technique. If someone says they want to use low-quality paint to save cost, consider if that project is right for you. Will there be issues along the way? Is the client expecting a Ferrari while only wanting to pay for a Vauxhall? Nothing against Vauxhalls, they have good cars, but if that’s the budget, then your client needs to know what to expect. We also recommend choosing a high-quality, durable paint that is specifically designed for spray application. Cheap paints may save you a few pounds upfront, but they’ll cost you more in the long run when your clients start complaining about chipping or peeling.
The Finishing Touches: It’s All in the Details
Once you’ve completed the spray painting process, remember the small details that can make or break a project. Some decorators purposely miss hard-to-see or reach areas to save time, but these areas can be the difference between your client being happy and WOW’ed. Once done, reinstall the hardware, remove the masking tape, and touch up any spots that need attention. The more attention you pay to the finishing touches, the more impressed your clients will be with the final result. If you have had any runs or overspill issues, these need to be rectified. Your client has brought a result, not a process. They don’t care how hard you’ve worked if you’ve cut corners or made mistakes. Own up to it if you have made a mistake and work to fix it.
Staying Ahead of the Curve: Continuous Learning and Improvement
Kitchen spray painting is an ever-evolving skill; 10 years ago, no one had heard of it, and it was not until the last few years that it has really taken off, so staying up-to-date with the latest techniques, equipment, and industry trends is crucial. Even if you have attended our kitchen course, consider other courses and workshops at PaintTech Academy, such as Estimating for Painting & Decorating or Worktop Refurbishment. These will help you expand your skills to budget better and take on further aspects of kitchen decorating. If you haven’t yet taken a course, the money you pay to train will quickly be returned when following the advice we give; and don’t forget, for those with employees or CIB registered, you can get free funding. The more you invest in your education, the more valuable you’ll be to your clients.
Selling the Benefits: Show Your Clients Why Spray Painting is the Way to Go
Doing the job is only part of being a decorator. The one thing most decorators don’t realise when they jump into being self-employed is that you also need to be able to sell; to sell the benefits of kitchen spray paint to your prospects. Be prepared to explain how spray painting provides a smoother, more durable finish, is more time-efficient, and can ultimately save them money in the long run. All the things we teach in the course. But more than that, be ready to paint them a picture, in their mind, of what their kitchen will look like once you’ve done your magic. The more you can demonstrate the value of kitchen spray painting, the more you can help them visualise the result and how it relates to their needs, the more likely clients are to choose it over traditional methods or even your competitors. Remember, price is never the issue; you don’t need to be the cheapest. But you do need to be the most trusted to complete their vision and give them the best-looking kitchen ever.
We’re sharing this information because we know kitchen spray painting is a game-changer for decorators who want to elevate their work and make their lives easier and more profitable. By mastering the proper techniques, investing in quality equipment and materials, and continuously honing your skills, you’ll be well on your way to becoming the go-to expert in your field.
Remember, the goal of this blog is not to push you into taking a specific course – it’s to open your eyes to the incredible benefits of kitchen spray painting and inspire you to take the next step in your business. So, what are you waiting for? Dive into the world of kitchen spray painting, and watch your business – and your profits – soar!
To sum up, we’ve created 5 of the most commonly asked kitchen spraying-related questions, we get asked.
1. What are the main advantages of kitchen spray painting over traditional painting methods?
Kitchen spray painting offers a smoother, more even finish, is faster and more efficient, and provides a more durable and long-lasting result. It can also save clients money in the long run by reducing the need for frequent touch-ups or repainting.
2. What kind of equipment do I need to start offering kitchen spray painting services?
To begin offering kitchen spray painting services, you’ll need a quality spray gun, an air compressor or airless sprayer, appropriate paint, and personal protective equipment such as a mask and goggles.
3. Can kitchen spray painting be done on a variety of surfaces and materials?
Yes, kitchen spray paint can be applied to various surfaces and materials, including wood, MDF, laminate, and metal. Proper preparation and the use of appropriate primers and paints are key to achieving a professional finish on any surface.
4. How can I ensure a smooth, even finish when spray painting a kitchen?
To achieve a smooth, even finish when spray painting a kitchen, it’s essential to properly prepare the surface, use a consistent spraying technique, maintain the correct distance and angle from the surface, and apply multiple thin coats of paint, allowing each coat to dry before applying the next one.
5. How can I stay up-to-date with the latest kitchen spray painting techniques and trends?
To stay current with the latest techniques and trends in kitchen spray painting, consider attending workshops, taking courses, networking with fellow professionals, and following industry blogs and forums. Continuously investing in your education will help you stay ahead of the curve and offer the best possible services to your clients.
We hope this guide has provided you with valuable information on kitchen spray painting techniques and that you can better understand the benefits and process involved. As a decorator, staying informed about the latest methods and trends will help you deliver the highest quality work for your clients and keep your business thriving.
If you’re considering adding kitchen spray painting to your repertoire and want to learn more about the costs and requirements involved, we encourage you to download our free guide, “The Cost of Getting into Spraying.” This comprehensive resource will give you a detailed breakdown of the expenses associated with starting your spray painting journey and tips on making the most of your investment. To access the guide, simply visit this link: https://painttechtrainingacademy.co.uk/the-cost-of-getting-into-spraying/
Take advantage of the opportunity to enhance your skills and grow your business. Get started today and discover the difference kitchen spray painting can make for you and your clients.