Spray Finishing on Wood

Flawless results with aerosol cans

Aerosol cans of shellac, lacquer and polyurethane allow you to quickly apply a finish on small or complex projects that's free of brush marks. Learn the basic techniques that guarantee a good finish.

By the DIY experts of The Family Handyman Magazine

Get set up for spraying

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Start the spray off the edge

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Don't swing the can in an arc

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Overlap the spray

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Keep the spray tip parallel to the surface

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Don't dent your finger

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Seal dark stains and exotic wood with a mist coat

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Brush, then spray

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Spin your project

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You'll need an organic vapor respirator and a spray can trigger handle.

Required Materials for this Project

Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.

  • Aerosol spray finish
  • Plastic drop cloth