In this week’s Test Tuesday, we are testing metallic spray paint. I am using Rust-Oleum specialty metallic spray paint in a silver color.
To begin, I used masking tape to protect an area of all my samples, this will give me an unpainted area to use as a comparison to the area that is painted. Per the products instructions I applied 2 light coats of paint, waiting a few minutes in between each. I was pleased with the coverage I achieved with just 2 coats.
Left; Readi-Board sample, I utilized directional lighting to highlight the texture change. Right; Adams Premium sample.
When removing the paper of the standard Readi-Board and Adams Premium samples, the difference between the painted and unpainted portions of the foam board were visible. The foam had a slight change in texture, but the damage was not extensive enough that it would deter me from using the paint.
The No Paper sample showed the most damage from the paint’s solvents, but in comparison to some of the materials we have tested previously, the damage wasn’t severe. I would still recommend a protective coat (such as Mod Podge) if using the foam board with the paper removed.
The paint on the Readi-Erase sample could be scratched off with a fingernail, but simply rubbing the surface didn’t disturb the paint. The paint applied to the Readi Water Resistant board could not be easily scratched off, and the foam beneath the water-resistant facer was not damaged either. The Readi-Grid sample didn’t show any visible damage beneath the grid lined paper.
I would recommend metallic spray paint for all the samples. Keep in mind that if you are applying the paint to any exposed foam (this includes edges) I would suggest using a protective layer or primer first.