How to get a high gloss finish with spray paint

Here in this post, I will guide you guys to get a high gloss finish with your spray paint with step by step process and very easy to understand by newbies who were hesitant to do this job by themselves.

Newcomers in this career should follow each step explained in this guide in order to achieve a perfect glossy finish on the desired surface on which they want to paint.

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Spray paint revitalizes your home in no time! It’s quick and easy to use, and easily covers surfaces such as wood, metal, or plastic.

Most cans of spray paint provide a matte finish – the brand that you buy depends on the look you want to achieve.

The label will indicate how glossy or matte the paint is once it’s dry. Either way, for a piece that looks like new again, here are some tips for an extra shine:

Method to get high gloss finish with a spray can paint

A high gloss finish is a spray paint effect that is usually achieved using special paints that are sprayed on a hot surface.

While it can be achieved by using a variety of methods, one of the most effective is to apply the paint to hot asphalt in a parking lot.

The asphalt will absorb the paint, resulting in a high gloss finish when it is applied to a surface.

The best way for getting a high gloss finish with spray paints is using a polyester clear coat. A clear coat helps the paint to dry quickly and protects it from the elements.

You should make sure to use the polyester clear coat, not the polyurethane one since polyurethane will make the surface dull.

Step 1: Prime the surface

Let’s prime those surfaces! To begin, we want to make sure that we are going to cover all areas with our gloss.

There might be some spots or bumps on the surface that an uneven paint job may not fill in any other way.

Enamel spray paints in your selected color can apply smoothly over even the most uneven surfaces and will do more than simply create a shine when it dries.

This gives you the ideal base for a perfect final paint job that you can use as you please.

Step 2: Paint the item

To get your item looking shiny and new again, apply one to two coats of spray paint in whatever color you choose.

Opt for a name-brand paint that will ensure proper coverage and increase the durability of the painted item.

High-gloss sprays tend to shine through wear and tear from frequent cleanings or other uses over time without losing their luster.

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Step 3: Let the paint dry

Let the fresh piece of artwork fully dry overnight in a clean and well-ventilated space. It will be sticky for a few hours, so it’s best to leave it inside away from dirt and other elements that may stick to the wet paint.

Step 4: Touching up spots

Every so often I look down at my spray paints and think about how much fun I had making this piece.

Working with a spray can is a blast, but it’s important to touch up all of your details before you add that top coat and really seal things in.

Sometimes it’d be easy for me to forget about spots that need an extra helping of color if I don’t take the time to make sure everything comes out just so!

Step 5: Spray clear gloss finish

Take a can of your favorite finishing spray and lightly coat the wood with a layer of clear gloss to give it a professional finish. This protective layer will also help prevent dulling or scratching.


There are probably two reasons why your spray paint is not glossy. The first reason is that the paint did not settle well on the surface. This can be due to gravity, or it may not have been allowed enough settling time. The other reason is that the paint was applied incorrectly. If the surface is to be left bare, then the paint should be applied in a single coat. The first coat should be allowed to dry completely before the second coat is applied. If a base coat or clear coat is to be applied over the paint, then the paint should be applied in multiple thin coats.

The perfect spray paint finish is the one that you get when you follow these steps: Always use a primer to paint over a surface. The primer will create a strong surface and make it easier for the paint to stick to the surface. Always use a drop cloth. Also, if you’re painting outside, it’s a good idea to wear a mask to protect your lungs from paint. Hold the can at least 8-10 inches away from the surface when spraying. If you are trying to paint a large area and the paint is starting to drip, you can use the spray can like an airbrush. The air will push the paint forward on larger areas just as if you were painting with a brush. Always let it dry for at least a day before putting anything on top of it. Last, but not least, always let the paint cure for at least 48 hours before using it. This will create a stronger finish and make it sturdier.

There are a few things you can do to get your regular clear coat to have a high gloss finish. You will need a power buffer and a polish, but you can also really achieve the shine that you desire with a polish, a good tight buffing pad, and a little bit of elbow grease. If you’ve never done any buffing before you should practice on a part of the car that won’t show up too much. Use a high-speed buffer and a good gloss polish on your clear coat (I like the Menzerna 3 step system for this), and then wipe down the section with a microfiber towel. You’ll need a good buffer, a good polish and a good microfiber towel to get a clear coat that shimmers.

Gloss paint looks flat because of the way it dries. It dries by solvent evaporation and the solvent evaporates faster than normally. This results in higher moisture content inside the paint film. This makes the paint feel more like plastic rather than glassy. In order to get a glassy gloss finish, you will need to apply more coats of paint and they need to be allowed to try more between coats. The trick is to use the right type of paint. Paints that require a glossy finish should be used and they tend to be more expensive. They tend to be more durable, so a better choice if you want to keep the gloss for a long time.

Verdict on How to get a high gloss finish with spray paint

Here is the complete step-by-step guide to making your desired surface look glossy and eye catchy with calming the sight for you.

If you still find any issues in following this guide then just let me know in the comments section and I will clear out your confusion at first sight.

Professionals should also give tips to our newcomer fellows so that they can achieve the look they want from their desired surface.

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