I'm so excited to show you an easy way of painting mason jars FOUR different colors without changing out your paint cup or cleaning your paint sprayer. That makes this project go very quick.
Painting Mason Jars
In all, I painted 23 quart mason jars with four different colors of paint with my Super Finish Max paint sprayer. These are the supplies needed to make great teacher and neighbor gifts.
- Super Finish Max
- Quart Mason Jars
- Vinyl or stickers
Prep Mason Jars for Painting
Before painting glass mason jars, you will need to clean them with alcohol. I used a paper towel and you can see how dirty they were by the residue on the paper towel.
Use a Paint Sprayer
For this project I chose the green tip (2.0 mm). I used chalk paint in each of my four colors. Some of the paint has been around for awhile, so I used mesh paint strainers.
It’s a good idea to dial the flow control knob down until you see how the paint flows onto your project. I chose to leave the caps in place so the jar rings will match the jar color. The lids were helpful in keeping the paint from getting inside the jars.
To keep from emptying your cup or cleaning your sprayer, start with your lightest color. Make sure you get good coverage all around the mason jars because you won’t be able to do more coats later. I prefer to do 2-3 light coats. They dry quickly this way.
Painting Mason Jars Different Colors
Paint color #2 is a light blue. I poured it directly into the white paint, and stirred it really well.
Paint color #3 is a medium gray which I poured into the blue paint. Be sure to stir the paint.
As I get to this point, I’m trying to figure out which color is my favorite!! Keeping your air cap in a vertical position gives you a nice horizontal spray pattern, perfect for getting great coverage on the mason jars.
As I was ready to move onto to my last color, I noticed there was quite a bit of gray left in the paint cup. I grabbed a water bottle and poured the excess paint into it for another project.
Do I Have to Clean the Sprayer Between Colors?
Without cleaning the sprayer between colors, the final color was navy blue. When it was time to clean the sprayer, this is what my pickup tube looked like. Because the Super Finish Max sprays down to nearly the last drop, there’s no need to fill up the paint cup. You can see by the paint on the tube, that there wasn’t much navy blue paint in the cup.
You may also see why I had to pour out some of the gray paint before adding the navy blue.
I can’t imagine how long it would take to paint all of these jars by hand! Personally, I think I like the navy blue mason jars the best.
Paint Sprayer | Painting Mason Jars
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