Have you ever gone to use a can and it’s blocked up? This is a far more common problem than you may think. In this article we’ll look into maintaining spray paint cans and nozzles which will keep your gear in great condition at all times. If you want to create graffiti art, you need to be creative, but you also need the right equipment too. The point is that you never get to obtain the results you want if you don’t have the best kit out there and maintain it as well. Sure, non-maintained low quality cans and nozzles can still work, for a short period of time, but the end result will not be anywhere near as good as you want or deserve!
In this article I’ll walk you through each step of maintaining your kit and trust me it’s quick and easy! I’ll also provide handy links to where you can get hold of the equipment.
Step 1: Shake the can thoroughly! This is seriously crucial. Whether you’re about to use a new can or one that’s not been used for a while then the paint inside will be quite gloopy and cause blotching, especially if you’re in a cold climate. Blotching is when the paint comes out in thick blobs instead of a fine spray. Shaking the can will disperse the pigments and make the paint much more usable.
If you don’t look after your kit regularly and replace when you should then your artwork will suffer.
Step 2: When spraying, keep the can upright! If you don’t then the flow won’t be anywhere near as smooth as it could be!
Step 3: Spray in short bursts instead of long ones. This will ensure that the paint remains at the same consistency without getting thinner or fading.
Step 4: Once you’ve finished with a can, turn it upside down and spray until the paint runs totally clear. This clears the can canal and prevents clogging.
Step 5: Before putting the can away, make sure you click the cap back on to stop the paint drying out. This one simple and quick procedure will save you a lot of money! Let’s face it, you’re going to need to replace your equipment and it’s not cheap, so why not slow down the inevitable and save some pennies.
Step 6: A lot of people just chuck away their caps after finishing a stencil layer, after all, they’re cheap and easy to get hold of. However, plastic isn’t great for the environment and there’s an alternative. This is to use a cleaning solution that extends the life of the nozzles massively. Personally this is what I’d go for.
Should you replace the nozzles and cans from time to time? Sure, but cleaning them is also extremely important. Proper cleaning and maintenance can definitely go a long way, and yes, opting for replacements is still a viable option. It’s certainly something that you should take into consideration, all you have to do is to know how to tackle all these situations and the outcome can definitely be more than amazing.
Just remember, your focus has to be on expressing yourself and showing your art. Doing this in a meaningful way can always be worth it, so keep maintaining spray paint cans and nozzles to achieve those results you deserve.
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