Have you been thinking about learning how to spray paint to increase your skills as a professional? Maybe you're thinking of doing a job like ours, where you can spray paint furniture, uPVC doors and windows, and even entire rooms or commercial spaces?
If that's the case, then you've come to the right place today. Below we'll talk you through the spray painting courses we offer at Sketch Spray, provide you with some useful tips and tricks before you start our course, and give you an idea of the basics.
If you're ready to learn everything you need to know before starting your first spray paint project professionally, then read on below.
But if you need to learn some more information about what we offer at Sketch Spray, then stick around. To give you an idea of the subjects we cover on our spray painting courses, here's a list of the main topics:
On our courses, you'll learn how spray paint can transform any surface with the right spray paint, from wood furniture to uPVC doors and windows and larger projects such as whole rooms or commercial spaces.
We'll teach you everything you need to know. And to help you understand just a fraction of what we'll cover on our courses, we'll share some spray paint tips, tricks, and techniques below so you can start to learn a little before you even get started on a spray painting project!
Performing the perfect paint job with a flawless finish and perfect coverage is something we can teach you on our course. But to understand how to get there, you need to thoroughly understand every aspect of the paint job that will result in the perfect finish.
Below, we'll talk you through just some of the spray painting tips you'll need to make a success of yourself in this industry.
One of the first things you'll learn on our course is spray pattern. Knowing how to spray the object using an even side to side motion that remains steady and allows you to build colour on the surface by covering the object in multiple thin coats with a fine spray of paint is important.
The multiple coats will allow you to change the object to just about any color that you wish, and it will ensure you don't use too much paint when operating the spray gun.
Learning how to do this evenly is important, and with practice and guidance from the professionals at Sketch Spray, you'll eventually be able to achieve it.
Whenever you're about to start a job, you need to understand that a new can of spray paint isn't the same as all the other spray paint cans out there. Why? Because specific paint should be used for specific purposes.
Take uPVC doors and windows, for example. Everything you use to paint them - from the primer to the spray paint itself has to be designed for use with uPVC. And the reason for that is that the plastic surface that is uPVC, is incredibly difficult to stick to.
Now, we'll teach you the best method to make this uPVC/plastic surface more susceptible to the primer and spray paint etc. (by using sand paper to sand it down slightly to create a more adhesive surface), but the real key here is making sure you have the right spray paint for the job - or the job might not work.
Of course, you need to think about colour and finish too, so our course will help you identify the right spray paint for the right job, which will ultimately make you better equipped for making those decisions for your clients in the real world.
Professional standards refer to multiple different things, but in a nutshell, our courses will teach you how to spray paint in a way that is professional and delivers results in the right way. So what does that entail?
Well, cleanliness is one of the most important parts of what we do. Dust and dirt is your enemy if you don't prep the surface beforehand. But this also involves the protection of surfaces that aren't going to be painted as part of the project so you don't accidentally stain it. You'll need to use masking tape tarps, or a drop cloth to cover areas that might be affected, and you should always try to remove the object your painting from its original area for the best protection where possible.
Really, delivering a professional finish is about knowing how to get a smooth finish in a way that protects the surrounding areas using your spray gun. That means mindful spraying, and extreme caution.
With our course, you'll know how to set up a job for success, that'll keep your clients happy and prove your competence.
There's so much to learn about how paint works on our course. For example, how to minimise paint fumes by reducing overspray when you use spray paint. Or why several light coats of paint will always produce better results and a smooth surface finish compared to thicker paint. Or even how paint behaves in different temperatures and relative humidity so you get the finish you desire.
We can even talk you through drying time between each coat, so you know how long paint dries for before you start your second coat after the first coat, and the different drying times based on location such as in direct sunlight or not, etc. Or even how spray guns work by explaining the process of compressed gas bringing paint from the paint basin in the gun to create a fine spray of paint, so you know how to use the gun effectively, but also how to troubleshoot when things go wrong.
All of this might seem basic, but getting it right is essential if you want to do a good job, and we can teach you everything you need to get it perfect every time.
Another essential thing you'll learn with us is coats. More specifically, knowing how many coats you'll need to thoroughly cover something - and it isn't one size fits all. Thin, light coats are essential for a few reasons.
First, better coverage. Second, save money. And third, easy to control how much paint you apply. But knowing when the last coat should be before you apply the next coat when it isn't necessary is genuinely a skill, and it's a skill you will learn with practice and guidance from experts like us here at Sketch Spray.
We don't just cover the basics on our course, we cover the small parts of the job you might not have thought of before, and that includes planning around the size of the project. Finger fatigue is a genuine problem with spray painting, and the larger the task, the more likely it is that you'll experience it. So you'll need to work breaks into your plan.
But away from just that, we teach you about realistic timeframes for completing jobs. This will stop you from disappointing clients in the future. Imagine telling a client all of their doors and windows could be sprayed in a day. They wouldn't be happy if it took three days. So, we help set your targets realistically, which removes the pressure from you and ensures you can meet your clients' expectations.
Of course, you'll need spray paint and a spray gun, materials to clean with, things to help protect you (like remembering to wear gloves and a mask) and things to protect the surrounding area. But we'll also provide you with useful tips about other things you'll need at every job so you're always prepared.
For example, if your spray gun won't work because you didn't clean it effectively after your last job and the nozzle is blocked, you'll want to make sure you always have paint thinner or mineral spirits to hand to remove the old paint and get it working again.
It's tips like these from professionals that are invaluable when you're just starting out, and we have so many tips just like that which you will need to make a success of yourself.
We have so much more to teach you on our courses, and if we tried to write them all down for you here, it would take us all day, but hopefully the above section has shown you that we're passionate and knowledgeable about spray painting, and we're excited to share our tips with you to help you succeed.
Still need convincing that Sketch Spray is the right place for you? Then below we'll talk through some of the reasons you should learn with us.
Spray painting uPVC, doors, windows, furniture, and rooms is what we do for a living, and we're experts at it. From a vertical surface to a flat one and everything in between, we know all the best tricks to ensure the paint sticks effectively and provide a perfect finish.
With our expert advice, you'll learn how to get the best results every time you start a new spray paint project. Better yet, our courses cover so many different elements of spray painting that you'll already have a tonne of experience by the time you've finished learning with us - so you don't need to wait to gain the experience because we provide you with the opportunities to learn.
Here at Sketch Spray, we love the spray painting industry, so we want more people to be a part of it. That means we don't price out people who want to learn. Our courses are all fairly priced and provide you with the perfect opportunity to learn a new skill and trade that could be your future career.
Above all else, we know how to get the best out of you, so by working with us we can teach you the best tips for spray painting success! After working with us, you'll see the value of spraying over a brush, and you'll be delivering professional results every time.
Check out our spray painting courses to learn all the best tips, tricks, and techniques! And if you have any questions before signing up, reach out today and a member of our team will get back to you as soon as we can to answer any questions you may have.