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As a graphics student, it is expected of us to have a multitude of artistic materials ready to use on projects and within sketchbook work. Whilst completing my Graphics A-Level, I decided to buy some spray paints that I could use within the pages of my sketchbook. I should point out that graphics sketchbooks are typically A3 cartridge paper books whereby we are supposed to create as much visual experimentation as possible.
I noticed Wilkinson's sold Plasti-Kote spray paints in a range of colours, and in handy 100ml cans so you wouldn't be wasting money on a huge can of one colour which you may not fully use up. I purchased the spray paint in shades "Gloss Black", "Buttercup Yellow" and "Lavender". I'm not sure the exact price I paid, but it was around £3 per can.
This is where I will advise caution to likeminded art students who try and purchase this from a store rather than online. When I did try and purchase this from Wilkinson's, they initially refused the sale because I did not have any photo I.D to prove my age. Needless to say I found this pretty unbelievable, especially as they then wouldn't allow me to buy the poster paint I also had in my basket! I was nearly 19 at the time, so if you are going to buy this from a shop take photo I.D to avoid this situation!
So, onto using the spray paint. As I have mentioned, my intention was to use this on cartridge paper however on the Plasti-Kote website, it does have a range of ideas in which these spray paints can be used. It also says on the back of the can that it is ideal for using on wood, metal, paper, ceramics, cardboards and most plastics.
I had alot of fun spray painting my book with these, as they certainly allow you to be creative and artistic. The actual spray button what you press to release the paint, allows for a fluent consistency, as it doesn't require alot of pressure to activate. It really is a good idea to use these spray paints outside as of course they are heavy in fumes and toxins you certainly wouldn't want yourself or anyone else to breathe in! In our uni we have a specialist spray booth, however if you don't happen to have some kind of extractor system designed for spray painting, its a good idea to use these outside, or at least open all the windows to let the fumes out.
It says on the bottle that its the "perfect finish-fast", and I was very happy how quick the spray paint dried on my pages in my sketchbook. I would say it dries fairly instantly after spraying it in my book, allowing me to work quick. This time may be slightly longer depending on the surface you spray it on, for example on wood although it should still be pretty quick.
For spray paint/D.I.Y novices such as myself, there is a really informative set of instructions on the back of the can to guide you with whatever you are using the spray paints for. There is information on the distance you should hold the can at to get even results, and also whether you should prime surfaces before use. It also states that each can gives a 1.2msq coverage.
Overall I was really impressed with the Plasti-Kote spray paint range. For the work I was doing, they gave a consistent and fast drying result which allowed me to integrate the spray paint effect into my work, which is not easily to replicate with other materials. I also found it was a fun new technique, and a skill I have been able to continue with in my degree work. Perhaps the only downside, is the fact that at 100ml, they are not made for heavy duty requirements. They can also seem pricey if you don't shop around. Oh, and you also might require I.D when buying them!
If any of you have been kind enough to read my review on Johnstone's paint you'll know we've been doing up a spare bedroom as a 'proper' study. The walls, skirting boards & door have all been painted, the desk & shelves sorted so it was just a matter of sorting out the filing cabinet which, although the perfect size, looked a wee bit shabby compared to the rest of the room.
I asked hubby to pick up some spray paint (he seems to live in DIY shops lol!) & he came home with this Plastikote enamel paint which he said was @ £5 for the 340g can. I was a bit dubious about it being enamel paint (I would have chosen metallic) but decided not to say anything & just give it a try.
I was a bit puzzled about trying to undo the cap (my cognitive abilities aren't that good) but eventually noticed an etched picture on the top - you just need to squeeze & the top comes off really easily but clicks tight after use.
The spray is so easy to use - after wiping down the surface with a non-alcohol cleaner & dry, open the windows, shake hard & spray about 6" away from the areas you need to cover. Not only was it fun to use but the coverage was good, even & gave a great finish - the filing cabinet looks brand new!
I found that I only needed 1 coat because the colour was fairly dense but I used greay on grey so if you're going to use a totally different colour you may need more than one coat. However, this shouldn't be a problem as a little seems to go a long way & it touch-dries fairly quickly.
I'd strongly advise reading the information on the back of the can before use as it contains directions for use, cautions & advice. If you suffer from breathing problems such as asthma I'd definitely advice wearing a mask as the spray is strong smelling (although this does fade fairly quickly.
- easy & quick to use.
- good even coverage.
- great for the price.
- definitely worth a try if you want to re-vamp something.
plastikote paint can be brought in tins or jars, the jars need to be brushed on but the tins are areosols, this paint is ideal for use on plastic or metal items, I recently painted all my door handles in a silver of this spray paint.
The area you want to paint to needs to be clean very clean, I would recomend using an alcohol based cleaner before using this as the slightest bit of greas and the paint will peel.
Weather you are using the spray or the jar you will need a very well ventilated area to work as both are very potent on fumes and will make you very light headed.
This paint covers very well especially the spray and gives a nice even and smooth coat, you can use more than one coat but I didnt need to,
It is tacky in about 30 minutes but takes about 18 hours to dry fully, a bit like gloss paint, it wont transfer onto you once tacky but if you press on it you will leave an indent so to have a clear finish you need to leave it about a day to dry out thoroughly.
It is a great paint and very easy to use, the colous it is available in are very extensive so there will be a suitable colour for every job.
Indeed, for a quick touch up to a dusty old cupboard or a small coating of a large item this paint does what it says on the tin! However, from an artists point of view this paint is far from useful. The colours lack opacity, making it nearly impossible to cover a dark colour with one lighter than it, especially if using yellow, a notoriously horrid colour from the Plastikote range. During my art course I used a wide range of spray paint, and Plastikote does not offer an effective nor affordable spray paint option. Paint from the "Belton-Molotow" range provides an enormous range of colours with excellent opacity and superior valve control, perhaps a more valid choice for the aspiring spray paint artist. Belton Molotow is also usually sold for around £3 a 400ml tin, so is nearly half the price for double the quality! However, such paints can only be purchased off of the internet, and so Plastikote is definetlly a more widely available brand of spray paint, perhaps the deciding factor in its popularity within the DIY and Crafts community.
This week one of my friends was packing up her flat and getting ready to move house. She said if there is anything that you want, take it now. Now I do like shelves but to be honest, they had been varnished and were not done correctly but rather than look at the negative side of the shelves, I thought what can I do with them. I took them home and give them a light sanding down and this revealed pine underneath. Pine is just not my cup of tea, I thought these would look ideal in any of the rooms that are now been revamped but I did not want to gloss them as the paint causes my asthma to go haywire. Now why the heck I did not think of this straight away I do not know as I have used several of these products before. I decided to go to my local DIY shop and they had a small selection of Plasti-Kote but just not the one that I wanted. Should I nip up to B and Q or the art shop as I know they would have them there in stock. In the end I went to B and Q and here they were around £2.50 for a small can of white gloss paint enamel. Not Bad, just enough to cover them and clean them up a bit. The metallic can is 1/2 the size of a deodorant spray can and has a coloured lid on it. Simple to recognise, if you want white it is a white lid, if you want red, it is a red lid. The can is mainly yellow with a blue banner and this tells you what the product contains. In this instant, I opted for Gloss White Enamel Finish. Sounds posh eh. On the back of the can there is customer service details and things like that the product is flammable and make sure when you spray it, that you are in a well ventilated area. They do say spray at room temperature and wear a mask. So here I was spraying and it just went on perfect, no sponge marks, no brush marks. Before using it, you have to give it a good shake and then you spray about 6 inches away from your item and go back and forth, this then gives it an even effect. T
he contents of this little can was 85g but it was enough to do what we wanted. This dried within an hour and it was quickly mounted on my wall. Perfect finish at a cheap price. Now they do large cans in this and they are normally around £6. These are some of the things you also buy in their range of spray paints. Speckley effect paints. Plain Matt Paints Gloss Paints Art and Craft Paints Gold Paints Silver Paints. Garden Paints for metal fences Radiator Paints What you have to be careful when buying this product is make sure that you buy one of the aerosol cans that will do your job. This sounds silly but when you see the displays that they do and you are faced with over 100 cans of sprays, it is easy to pick up one as it is the right colour rather than finding that it is suitable for the job. Here is a great tip for this one, in our old house we had a old bath and it was chipped and marked, we sprayed a little of this on it and it was just as good as having a new bath. It is touch dry in 15 mins and totally dry in 45mins. These shelves are now up and in use in my house but already, I have decided that once my new bathroom is fitted, I will take them down, clean and sand again and then they will be speckled green to match my proposed mint green bathroom. These sell like hotcakes in B and Q and there is always a lot of people looking for their products. Well at that price, you cannot grumble, instead of throwing away a teak cupboard, find a paint that can give it a new lease of life and add new handles. Spray that awful scratched table to a new modern colour. Unfortunately we have become a throw away society rather than recycling. It takes about 30 mins to complete a chest of draws. How long does it take you to go and buy a new one. A lot longer I suspect. They also do really small pots rather like those mini jam jars you can buy and these are normally around
£1.99 and if you have say for instance sprayed something and you wanted to age it, you can buy antique brush on paint and also gold leaf and copper. I have used these before and the effect is wonderful. Go on go and find something in your house that needs spraying. I have had great fun with all their paints and have fireplaces and all sorts. Karen :0)
The mirror and metal poles I wanted to jazz up was made so easy by this product. I chose the silver hammered finish spray, lightly sanded the items, covered the garden shed in newspaper. Over the day I applied several light coats, the product dried so quickly that it really is worth taking the time to do lots of coats. I found that if I applied too thick a coat or held the can too closley when spraying the paint would run. If it did run the product evens itself out and drys to a highly professional finish - I was well impressed with my handywork. Plus it is very hard wearing and one can of the product goes a long way. Do wear a face mask to protect from the fumes.
Plasti-kote spray on is easy to use and it comes in a host of colours ranging from metallic blues to ordinary plain gloss black. This paint is waterproof, heat proof, corrosion proof and the colour won't fade. So it is useful for lots of different jobs around the house. You do need to mask areas off carefully with tape and newspaper before spraying or the fine spray will get everywhere. I find the spray cans useful for larger area but plasti-kote also do small jars of conventional 'brush-on' paint in the same range of colours. This is exactly the same as the spray but much easier to work with in very small areas. I have used this enamel paint in every room in my house: KITCHEN: Cupboard doors, light switches and battered washing machine are now co-ordinated to match the curtains. LOUNGE: Old, tatty stone fireplace that was all discoloured looks absolutely wonderful painted in 'farmhouse blue'.( Remember, it is heatproof but not fireproof so use discretion here!) That took one spray can at £6 and a jar of the brush-on variety at £1.99. I call that excellent value. A new fireplace for £7.99. DINING ROOM: Light fitting was discoloured and it now co-ordinates with the handles on the dresser doors and light switches. BEDROOM: Old bedroomn furniture has bright new painted handles which match door handles and curtain pole. HALLWAY: Front door has been badly scratched by my dog attempting to drag the postman through the letter box. I was able to match the colour and repair the dame with filler and Plasti-kote. BATHROOM: All new fittings with metallic blue trim, matching handles and skirtings. I really enjoy using this product and always make sure that I store any leftover paint carefully incase I need to do repairs to my handywork or I come up with another idea. Get yourself some of this and have fun changing your home.
As the owner of a large slightly battered kitchen I decided that it was time for a change, but to replace just my cupboard doors would have worked out somewhere in the region of £2000!! Instead on one of my wanderings around B&Q I noticed Plasti-Kote spray, and Fleckstone, so I bought a tin of Willow colour spray for a base coat and the Weathered Copper Fleckstone and set about spraying one of my cupboard doors, and the result was fantastic. Now all my doors have been sprayed, and I have even customised a bin and some old baby milk tins as storage tins, and all this cost me less than £200!!!! 10% of the cost of replacing the doors. And even better than all this I now have a totally original kitchen, which just goes to show that my husband is totally wrong, watching day time DIY shows can be usefull.
Plasti-kote produce a range of spray paints, being enamel based they are ideal for use around the home. They make a wide range of colours and are very easy to use. Our old fridge freezer was in need of a make over, inspired by many of the Home Front type programmes on tv decided to respray it to match in with the rest of the kitchen. B&Q, Homebase etc all sell these paints, about £6 for a 400ml can. This is so easy to use, lightly rub down the old paint finish, mask anything you don't want sprayed shake the can and away you go. Each coat goes on without the need to wait ages for it to dry, being more of a powder paint it doesn't run or sag easily. A good finish can be achieved by anyone. The paint can be easily re touched to cover scratches, marks etc. Once dried apply their clear lacquer to protect the finish. The fridge freezer looks brand new again for a total cost of £10.
A corrosion, abrasion, fade and heat resistance spray paint