The Wall Panel: The Painting Phase 1
This phase believe it or not…took the longest in this whole process. When spray painting in 1:6 scale, there is one cardinal rule…..PATIENCE. Multiple thin coats gives the best results. I had a large computer box that I had saved to do spray painting projects in. I put a smaller box inside then laid the wall panel flat on that smaller box inside the bigger box. I have spray painted many, many small pieces of doll furniture but never a large wall panel. I was a little worried about my finger strength because I know even coverage relies on consistent and even spraying. I found something in my hardware store that made it soooo very easy to spray paint.
I am never going to do another spray paint project without this handy dandy plastic spray gun. They are fairly cheap too..double yeah! I used Dover white Krylon paint formulated for painting plastic. It took me a good part of one day to paint this panel. You have to spray one coat then wait about 15 – 20 minutes and do the next coat. I lost track of how many coats I did but there were more than 10. It is also important to note that if you are spray painting, you need the air temperature to be above 50 degrees and below 85 degrees for best results. One other thing I learned..the hard way…make sure you have a couple of cans of spray paint and that these cans were purchased at the same time. Much like fabric, spray paint has a certain die lot and if you buy paint at different times, it can have slightly different hues.
Stay tuned tomorrow for The Wall Panel: The Painting Phase 2……..