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Aite y’all, so I finished painting about half of the centerpiece bases before I ran out of warm weather to work in. How dare spray paint not be able to dry in weather below 30 degrees right?!
Taping off bases
After the first coat of white dried, we taped off the tops and the edge above the flaps. I found entire sheets of painters tape cross-listed under CNC machine tape on Amazon. It was perfect for the large surface area and just about fit the whole top. If I ever do this again, I’ll probably opt to use a non-adhesive cover so that less paint might come off.
Covering flaps for painting
I only have a few examples to show, but a lot of advice if you are spray painting anything metal. Patience is not a virtue that I have ever really been able to cultivate … at all … period. With the days being so short in the winter, I tried to squeeze in too many coats of paint into one day in the hopes that I could get all the centerpieces done at once. Sadly, there are consequences for impatience. The paint came off of a few of the ones that I clearly rushed, so I will need to paint them again once the weather warms back up (read: probably June).
Chipped paint from impatience
Solid lessons learned, when the bottle says four hours between coats, you might be able to skimp on dry time if you are just doing another coat of the same color. However, if you need to tape over something that you just painted, there is a serious likelihood that that paint will come off with the tape since it didn’t get a chance to get dry and rock hard.
Bad paint job or accidental awesome logo?
Make sure you scuff all of the pieces you are trying to paint. I swear, I lined them all up and we sat and scuffed them in an assembly line, but this little bugger must have hidden under the table or something, because none of the paint stuck when we pulled the tape off.
I have a few of the centerpiece themes wrapped up, but I just have to finish adding the embellishments. Here are a few shots of the things I will be putting together on some of them.
No fall bumper cars
Clowns out of a cannon moving piece
Come spring I should have finished shots of what I was able to put together for each.