DIY Spray Paint





Introduction: DIY Spray Paint

This Instructable shows you how to make your own DIY Spray Paint.
It is very fun and easy to do, and it works great.

Step 1: Supplies

You will need:

-Empty and Cleaned Out Spray Bottles
-Acrylic Paints
-Paper Towels. 

Here I used paper towels to cover my work station, because I didn't want to get paint on the counter.
Also, I didn't show water in any of the pictures because I will just use tap water.

Step 2: Adding the Paint

To start, you will need your Acrylic Paint color of  choice, here I am using red. Pour a small amount of paint into the bottle.
If the paint won't go down into the bottle you can gently bang it on the counter.
Once you pour the paint into the bottle, grab a paper towel and clean off the rim on the outside.

Step 3: Adding Water and Shaking

After you have added the paint color of choice, pour a small amount of water in the bottle. Here I am using sink water.
Be sure not to fill your water to the top of the spray bottle. If it is too liquidy the spray paint will come out just like colored water.
Only fill the bottle about a fourth of the way up, or a little less.

After the water is in, it's time to put the cap on shake it! Shake it very well until its all mixed up, and you are done, all you have to do is make as many colors as you'd like and test it out.

Step 4: Testing and Finishing

I made seven colors of spray paint. There is Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Purple and Pink. Now it's time to test them!
This method of DIY Spray Paint is really good because it turns out great. Every color came out great.
I put a few pictures to show you how they came out.
That's it! Your finished!

I hope you enjoy making this DIY Spray Paint, and have fun!



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57 Discussions

Could you please tell the ratio of paint and water needed so it does not get too watery?

Thats a pure definition of DIY. Loved it :D

It's so watery of a paint already and there's no etching in the metal so it won't stick

This is so awsome! I've always wanted spray paint!!

Thank you I ran out of spray I have some!

hi i realized that all of these comments are from 2 years ago but does this stick to metal? someone pls reply i am creating this wire bracelet for my friend for christmas and i need to find out

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Hi, this is late but I suppose you could use this for future reference. Also I'm not an expert or have any experience with painting on metal (I never needed to) so this is just my input.

I would assume it would depend on the paint used. There are some paint (they usually tell you on the bottle) that are for metal, though I'm not sure kind, you might have to look into it. I'm not sure if method of application matters but I think the type of paint matters most.

I'm not sure but I think if you add water to it (like in the tut), it's going to most likely will just slide right off and not stick. I'd probably get a medium (if there is one for metal) to mix in with the paint so it can stick better. I'd probably get a top coat sealing spray or paint as well to seal the paint and protect it.

thx! it is not late actually bc ihave not seen my friend recently! thx for the help

No problem!

Ah, and spray paint could also work to.
Good luck!

This is very cool! I might try this out to make a spray paint galaxy! (:,'

Has anyone tried a manual pump spray container .

Maybe one like is sold in kitchen equipment shops

for misting olive oil on foods. There are also pump

spray bottles for misting plants.

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Since those babies are expensive, I'd be very sure to clear the nozzle by spraying plain water through it after you're done spray painting. If acrylic paint dries in the nozzle, it'll be ruined.
I made a reply ^above^ about the procedure for clearing the nozzle. If you don't have a spare bottle for water that fits that nozzle, it's okay -- really, you can stick the 'straw' into any container of water and pump to clear it, and then rinse the whole nozzle piece, inside & out, under the tap. Then put it back on the paint bottle.

I did this a ton of times, and yes it works in the beginning. But it usually always clog up the spray, and eventually it stops working. Often within a few minutes of use, even though you just made them. So its not like it dries up.

I guess you can't just use any kind of spray bottle. Some are better for spraying thick liquid while others don't. I never found any spray bottles that survives this more than a single use or two, not even when the paint is very thinned down with water.

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Good point. I don't think it's possible to prevent air from reaching that tiny amount of paint that's between the straw and the nozzle, so I'm going to try this when I make it: have an extra bottle (just the bottle, not the nozzle) and put water in it. As soon as you finish using the spray paints (right away) put the paint nozzle on the bottle with just water, and pump until only water comes out. Shake it, and do it again. (You may end up having to empty it, add clean water, and repeat the procedure -- I'll see how just once works.) Then put the clean sprayer back on the paint bottle. Before you use it next time, pump onto a paper towel until any water still in the straw and nozzle is replaced by paint.
You'll only need one spare bottle for water to rinse out and use for clearing the paint from each paint color's nozzle, of course : )
I think this will extend the life of the nozzles, maybe indefinitely! Good luck.

Couldn't you turn the bottle upside down and spary until no paint comes out to clear the head?


3 years ago

That's so cool