Monday, May 21, 2012

Spray Paint Test! RustOleum vs. Valspar Review



To Spray or Not to Spray...Either way I am not buying Valspar

I LOVE Spray Paint! It's easy to use and can take any item from drab to FAB in no time.  I recently had 3 wood dinning room chairs I was making over and needed them quickly done on time for the Lucketts Spring Market this past weekend.  Out of convenience I went to my closest hardware store to pick up some fun colors.  The brand they sold was Valspar.  I have never used this brand before but I though "Hey paint is paint, right"  I was SO wrong! First it had a rounded top that prevented me from using my spray paint attachment that turns it into a handy dandy spray gun.  I found the spray nozzle producing less over time and required me to use 2 thumbs inorder to get the paint out.  The twist and lock feature of the top created problems by paint hitting the sides of the outer cap creating splatters of paint that globbed up on my smooth surface I was trying to achieve.  The paint coverage was weak and required many layers upon layers and when a few minutes of drying time is needed in between applications your project goes from quick and easy to long and frustrating.  Luckily I had a can of RustOleum in my arsenal and felt a sense of joy and relief come over me.  RustOleum has a normal spray paint nozzle that allowed me to use my handy dandy attachment.  There is a more steady stream of paint produced and had a wonderful solid coverage that hid gaps and cracks like magic.  One thing that amazed me was the difference in what is considered a Glossy finish.  Once again RustOleum wins! Valspar left a rough texture and I had to double check I actually bought Glossy.  I was painting each chair white with different colored rungs.  I sprayed the rungs their chosen color and when it dried I wrapped them in paper and painters tape and sprayed the rest of the chair white.  I allowed the white to dry over night before peeling off the paper.  Oh no! The Paper stuck to the chairs where I used Valspar.  Needless to say this was a major disappointment and made a note to no longer buy Valspar spray paint. In the future I will go out of my way to visit the orange apron hardware store (you know who you are ;)) and buy RustOleum. Plus they have better colors anyway.  I hope my Spray Paint experience will help you in deciding the right paint.

4 comments:

  1. Valspar is the best spray paint out..I have used all the competitors brands and valspar wins hands down. I sprayed a few picture frames which did take a coupe days to dry thoroughly but the outcome looked professional. Other items such as outdoor pots and vases took a couple hours to dry. I think it depends upon the surface. This spray paint didn't run, bubble, or overspray at all! And you only need one coat! Love it!!!

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  2. I just finished spraying two outdoor wood rocking chairs. I use Rustoleum on the first. Primer, paint then topcoat. I went back to the store and decided to try Valspar. Primer, paint and topcoat. What a big difference. Rustoleum is so much easier to apply. Less runs and drips and my finger was not sore after. It will be interesting to see which lasts longer. Either way, I'm sticking with Rustoleum.

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  3. I just used Valspar based on a positive blog review I had read elsewhere. The nozzle was a bit uncomfortable to use but I got fantastic, smooth coverage. I was happy with it!

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  4. I just used Valspar based on a positive blog review I had read elsewhere. The nozzle was a bit uncomfortable to use but I got fantastic, smooth coverage. I was happy with it!

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