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Personal logo ColCampbell Supporting Member of TMP writes:

To follow-up on what Buyaki said —

You should NEVER spray paint inside a house! The aerosols in the spray are hazardous to your health!

Always spray outside or in a very well ventilated area, like a spray booth with an outside exhaust fan.


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That slogan about bringing your hobby in from the garage really struck a chord with me - so my first experiment was to try the SlipGrip for my next spray-painting project.

I had some metal bases that I wanted to prime, so I got to work. First, following the directions, I gave the mat a quick wash-and-dry before use. Then I spread out some newspapers (in case of over-spray!), set the mat on top, spaced the bases out on the mat, and put a box in back (again, to protect my dining room table from overspray...).

SlipGrip ready for priming

Now, I give the bases a shot of Krylon Primer (1317 Ruddy Brown). As the photo shows, the spray tends to bead up on the mat itself.

SlipGrip with wet primer

When the bases are dry, I flip them over...

Other side ready for priming

...and prime again.

Second spray of primer

After the first priming, two of the bases in the corner had some of the primer run beneath the bases (I think due to a slight curl in that corner of the mat). After the second priming, a good number of the bases have problems with a little of the paint seeping under the bottom edge - then pulling off when I try to pick them up. So, to fix the imperfections, I do another round of priming...

Third spray of primer

When I'm all done, the SlipGrip looks like this:

SlipGrip mat after priming

According to the directions, I should be able to "wipe away spills or mess while wet or dry." Taking a sponge, I wipe at the dried paint... no result.

The instruction sheet says the mat is "...easily cleaned with soap and water or a simple wipe down by hand." So I add soap and water to my sponge. Still no result.

It says I can put the mat in the dishwasher. I try immersing it in the sink, instead, and scrub at it with the soapy sponge. I don't see any progress, but the sponge is picking up a bit of the primer color.

Scraping the mat with my fingernails, however, easily removes the dried primer - but is too time-consuming. Scraping with a wooden ruler is somewhat faster.

Scraping dried primer from the SlipGrip mat

Even after scraping all of the primer off, however, I can still see the faint ghost outlines of the bases. (The non-slip surface also picks up the ink from the newspaper...)