How to spray paint a picture frame

In this post, I have explained the whole process with a step-by-step guide in order to achieve the results which you want from your desired surface.

Newbies are requested to follow each step explained in this post of mine because they can mess up their favorite picture frame just in a blink of an eye.

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This guide will help you spray paint your picture frames with the desired color which you want it on the frame.

If you’re on a budget, checking out different charity shops and second-hand stores for photo frames is a great way to find inexpensive customizable presents.

This step-by-step tutorial shows you how to bring them back from the dead.

And once you’ve learned how to get this DIY job done and created your own gifted frames, take a look at our other project ideas.

And inspiration for more ways that you can reuse old things and make them new.


How to spray paint a picture frame?

Remove the picture from the frame

First, one should lay a piece of masking tape on the back of the frame and cut it out to the shape of the frame.

Then one should remove the picture from the frame.

After that, one should remove the back of the frame by unscrewing it. It may take a while before the back is removed.

After that, one should remove the glass from the frame by carefully sliding it out.

Preparing frame for spray painting

I would suggest doing it the same way you would do a poster with a border. For a large picture frame, you will need at least 8 sheets of A4 size paper.

Fold the paper in half and put in a line of tape around the middle. Cut around the paper and then mark the frame at the outer edge of the paper.  

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Cut small pieces of tape and stick them along the edge. Make sure the tape is only at the outer edge.

Stick the paper inside, using the cutouts as a guide.  Make sure you line the paper up with the tape on the frame.

Method to spray paint picture frames

It is not difficult to spray paint a picture frame. The main point is to prepare the surface before spray painting it.

First, use sandpaper or a sanding sponge to rough the surface of the frame.

Spray some thinners or turpentine on the frame, let it stay for about thirty seconds and then wipe it off with a clean cloth.

After that, spray some primer on the frame and then spray the color coat. Wait for the paint to dry and then spray the clear coat.

Let the picture frame dry

To ensure that the frames are dry enough to keep the glass intact, it is recommended you leave your frames in a room.

With good ventilation for 24 hours, make sure to remove all belongings from said frames.

Then fit the glass back onto these same frames, taking care not to break it or drop anything heavy on them.

And also ensuring that it is lined up correctly so that when everything is put back together.

Nothing falls out of alignment and there’s no risk of glass falling down inside the picture.

What kind of spray paint do you use on picture frames?

You can use any type of spray paint that is suitable for use on wood or metal surfaces, as long as it is labeled as safe for use on frames. Some popular options include:

  • Acrylic spray paint dries quickly and is available in a wide range of colors.
  • Krylon spray paint is known for its durability and resistance to chipping and fading.
  • Rust-Oleum spray paint is also known for its durability and resistance to chipping and fading.

It’s always best to follow the manufacturer’s instructions and use the paint in a well-ventilated area.

It’s also a good idea to do a small test patch to make sure the paint adheres well and the color is what you want.

How do you spray paint a picture?

Spray painting a picture frame can be done by following these steps:

  1. Clean the frame: Clean the frame with mild detergent and water, and dry it thoroughly. Remove any dust, dirt, or other debris.
  2. Prepare the work area: Lay down a drop cloth or old newspapers to protect the surrounding area from overspray.
  3. Sand the frame: Lightly sand the frame with fine-grit sandpaper to provide a smooth surface for the paint to adhere to.
  4. Apply a primer: Apply a coat of primer designed for wood or metal surfaces. Allow the primer to dry according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  5. Apply the spray paint: Shake the can well and test the spray pattern on a piece of cardboard or scrap paper before beginning. Hold the can about 8-10 inches away from the frame and apply the paint in light, even coats. Allow the paint to dry according to the manufacturer’s instructions before applying additional coats if needed.
  6. Allow the paint to dry: Allow the paint to dry completely before handling the frame.
  7. Finish the painting process: If you want to add a clear coat or sealer on top of the paint, follow the manufacturer’s instructions and apply one or two light coats.
  8. Hang the frame: Once the paint is completely dry and cured, it is safe to hang the picture frame.

Keep in mind that spray paint dries quickly, it’s important to work in a well-ventilated area and wear a mask.

Also, be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions on the paint can and the primer.

Can I spray paint a photo frame?

Yes, you can spray-paint a photo frame. It’s important to use spray paint that is labeled as safe for use on wood or metal surfaces and to follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

Also, it’s important to prepare the surface of the frame by cleaning it, sanding it, and applying a primer before painting.

Keep in mind that when spray painting a photo frame, it’s important to be cautious not to spray the photo itself as the paint can damage it.

It’s best to remove the photo from the frame before you start painting and cover it properly to protect it from overspray.

It’s also worth noting that if the photo frame has intricate details or is made of delicate material.

It may be best to avoid spray painting it and opt for another method of painting or decorating.

How do you paint a picture frame without removing the picture?

Painting a picture frame without removing the picture can be a bit more challenging, but it can still be done with some care and attention to detail. Here’s one method you can use:

  1. Clean the frame: Clean the frame with mild detergent and water, and dry it thoroughly. Remove any dust, dirt, or other debris.
  2. Prepare the work area: Lay down a drop cloth or old newspapers to protect the surrounding area from drips or spills.
  3. Mask the picture: Use low-tack masking tape or adhesive putty to cover the picture and protect it from any paint that might accidentally get on it.
  4. Sand the frame: Lightly sand the frame with fine-grit sandpaper to provide a smooth surface for the paint to adhere to.
  5. Apply a primer: Apply a coat of primer designed for wood or metal surfaces. Allow the primer to dry according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  6. Apply the paint: Use a small paintbrush or foam roller to apply paint to the frame. Use small brush strokes and be very careful not to get any paint on the picture. Allow the paint to dry according to the manufacturer’s instructions before applying additional coats if needed.
  7. Remove the masking: Once the paint is completely dry and cured, carefully remove the masking tape or adhesive putty from the picture.
  8. Finish the painting process: If you want to add a clear coat or sealer on top of the paint, follow the manufacturer’s instructions and apply one or two light coats.
  9. Hang the frame: Once the paint is completely dry and cured, it is safe to hang the picture frame.

Keep in mind that this method can be a bit more time-consuming and requires more attention to detail.

It’s important to work slowly and carefully to avoid getting painted on the picture.

It’s also a good idea to wear gloves when painting to avoid getting paint on your hands and accidentally smudging the picture.


FAQ’s of How to spray paint a picture frame

Yes, First of all, you will need to sand the frame to remove any varnish or paint. Then tape off the area with painter’s tape. Then spray your primer to the back and wait for it to dry and spray one more coat. Then spray the paint in the color of your choice for the front and the back. Leave to dry for about a week. Before you take the tape off, rub with some fine grit sandpaper to remove any paint from the frame. Then you can spray the lacquer to seal the frame.

First, back the frame with cardboard or wood. You don’t want it to warp or break. Then spray with light even coats, holding the spray can about 20 inches away from the frame. Make sure you hit every part of the frame. Allow to dry between coats, and move the frame around to make sure you’re spraying all of it evenly. Spray in a well-ventilated area, and wear a respirator mask. Spray a light mist on the frame, being careful not to overspray and cause runs.

If the picture frame is of a matte finish, it is advisable to use a paint which will stick to the matte surface. It should not have a glossy finish because it will cover the matte design on the frame. This type of paint should also be easy to apply so that the process of painting frames is as easy as possible.

Spray painting a metal picture frame is a way to change the color of your picture frame. It is quite possible to do this yourself if you follow the steps mentioned below: 1. Make sure you are in a well-ventilated area. Heavy spray painting can create fumes and can be harmful if you are in a closed environment. 2. If the frame is made of metal, use a sand paper to remove any paint from the frame. 3. Clean the frame using a moist rag. 4. Apply primer on the frame using a paint brush. 5. Allow the frame to dry for 20-30 minutes. 6. Apply a second layer of primer to the frame. 7. Allow the frame to dry for 30 minutes. 8. Hold the picture frame from the back of the frame. Using a paint brush, apply spray paint on the front side of the frame. 9. Once you are done spraying the paint, allow the frame to dry for 15 minutes. 10. Done!


Conclusion on How to spray paint a picture frame

Here it is fellows! The complete step-by-step guide on how to spray paint your desired picture frames in those colors which you like the most.

In order to get a perfect finish after completing the painting process, it is requested to newbies follow each step explained in this guide.

And don’t miss any point so that they can achieve the result they want.

Still, if you guys found any issues in following this guide or didn’t understand any point let me know in the comments sections I will try my best to answer your query as soon as possible.

Matthew Edward

Matthew Edward is a professional painter who loves to paint and wants to share useful tips and tricks which he had learned in many years of experience in painting. He also used many products that can be used for painting he has tried and tested each and every product to give an unbias opinion about it in his review. This blog is very useful for those newbies who want to learn painting without making mistakes.

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