I figured spray paint was banned in Chicago because ne'r-do-wells muck up public spaces scrawling their names everywhere, but now I wonder if their mothers got together and forced it out because it's so unhealthy. Have you ever looked on the back of a can of spray paint? "Causes cancer" and "long-term exposure will cause neurological damage" are among the warnings. Doh! Sometimes you just need a little spray paint, though, right? Say you have a 100-year-old Craig's List baby crib you're restoring and only Zero VOC paint will do. BUT! You're also thinking, "it sure would be nice to just spray this puppy down and get back to shoving calories in my face". Enter: Custom non-toxic spray paint.
First, I will just tell you that custom spray paint ain't as cheap as the $3 toxic cans the villains are using on the side of your building. It is pretty simple though. You just waltz into a Benjamin Moore store, pick any color you want and they'll mix their Zero VOC (or Low VOC, if you choose) then put it in a spray can for you for about $12 plus the cost of the paint. Note: Benjamin Moore does not pay me to tell you these things. They should though. Benjie, call me!
After working my way through a bottle of this, I've learned few things. Pros: Spray paint is obviously easy, but . . . Cons: There isn't much way to correct a mistake, such as puddling. On flat surfaces, like the drawers of the changing table in this picture below (because I was impatient and could not wait one more minute to spray something pink), spraying is actually harder than rolling the paint on in the normal way. I found I didn't have the same control I usually have with a roll brush.
I'd really only recommend spray paint if:
- You're doing a project that dries vertically (like a crib)
- Your project is really intricate and requires a very thin, even coat.
- You have no experience painting whatsoever
- You are Banksy
Now, without further adieu, I present . . . the nursery for my third baby featuring my fourth crib in my second house. I see now why people don't start families until they get where they're going to be in life, but I guess I'm just a nomad like that.
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