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Metallic Gold Spray Paint

Tony Member

I made this table out of MDF and sprayed 4 coats of Valspar Metallic Gold spray paint. I waited 24 hours between each coat. after the final coat I waited 2 days to start masking it off. The tape wasn't quite right so I took it off and it messed up the paint!!!'s the blue tape painters use. Did I not wait long enough??....I'm in Northern California and it has been very hot it the heat? what is going on? and what do i do now?

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6/23/17       #2: Metallic Gold Spray Paint ...
rich c.

Evidently 24 hours between coats was not long enough. I'd wait a week, then try a wash with mineral spirits to remove any adhesive residue. Then I'd scuff the last coat and apply a new one. Wait a week, then finish what you were doing.

6/24/17       #3: Metallic Gold Spray Paint ...
Bob Niemeyer  Member


First thing, throw out the painters tape!!! blue or not, it is crap. If you read the fine print on it they say remove within 24 hours.
Go to you local automotive jobber and get the fineline tapes that are used for masking off on basecoats when doing multi color paint jobs.
When masking ,try not to leave tape on new finish overnight. I try to mask and do my color work and remove all the same day. On old finish I pull it after 3 days and remask if needed.
It is tough to do but it is worth it to buy good tape, not the on sale 1.45 a roll at the local paint store. Been there,done that and never again.

6/24/17       #4: Metallic Gold Spray Paint ...
Paul Snyder  Member


The paint was not cured enough to avoid being damaged by the tape. Without knowing what kind of paint it is, it's hard to say how long you will need to let it cure before taping - a week should be enough.

When you repaint, you can make a sample at the same time and use it to test the cure time before touching your table.

6/24/17       #5: Metallic Gold Spray Paint ...
Bob Niemeyer  Member


when painting cars or any other item we cant wait a week for paint to cure. That is why they make tape to go over very fresh paint. The key is the right product for the right job. The adhesive is completely different on these type of tapes.

6/26/17       #6: Metallic Gold Spray Paint ...

Make sure you don't sand the MDF too slick, especially the flat surfaces. I know you have to sand the routed surfaces a LOT to get them acceptably smooth, I'm not talking about those.

You have some adhesion issues obviously, and when I see this on MDF, I'm almost always seeing where the raw surface was slicked up too much with something like 320 or 400 grit.

The flat surfaces need 180.

6/26/17       #7: Metallic Gold Spray Paint ...
Tony Member

I went and got the yellow "Frog Tape" and that seems to have worked......also, I actually sanded the MDF with 120 before starting. Thank you for your responses.

10/5/17       #8: Metallic Gold Spray Paint ...
Alex Havens Member


Used a similar type spray paint when I was finishing a project for my den, involving an old clock. Check out how I did my finishing. Custom finishing

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