Video Alert: How Spray Paint Cans Are Made

Video Alert: How Spray Paint Cans Are Made

Sarah Rae Smith
Jun 15, 2011

Over the years, I've spray painted more pieces of furniture and home decor accessories than I care count. If it comes down to a brush and a quart or a rattler can with precise control — the can wins every time. That said, I have spoken of my preference for paint that's been engineered for graffiti artists, as it usually doesn't need a primer and has far superior results while using less paint. One thing I've never considered, however, is the exact process it takes to make those cans. Let us show you:

We have many cans of Montana spray paint in our home, so much we built an entire rack to hold them all. Each can covers almost twice what big box store brands do. You might have to do some digging to locate an art store near you (see: not Michaels or Joanns) and potentially head out of city limits to find them. Oh and Utah — you're pretty much out of luck.

That said, most cans can be ordered online these days and shipping prices will always be cheaper if you order a case instead of single cans. Mix and match colors that will forever go together and you'll always be ready for the next animal statue from the thrift store that needs rescuing.

I blame Mr. Rogers for my fascination of how things work and are made, but somehow the above video makes you feel more connected with the whole process. Are you a spray paint fan? Let us know in the comments below!

Image: Flickr member Ben Husmann licensed for use by Creative Commons

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