Spray painting large objects or surfaces can be a tricky task. To achieve a uniform finish, it's important to follow the right steps. Here's a step-by-step guide to help you get the job done. First, make sure to start spraying an inch or so from the near edge of the part and continue spraying all the way and off the farthest edge.
Keep a constant distance from the piece and keep the can parallel to the surface, do not move your arm backwards in an arc. This will help you achieve a uniform finish. Next, apply a thin coat of spray paint to the part and then a second one after it has dried. Use slow and long movements, following the grain of the wood.
When the second coat is dry, sand lightly with a grain of 200 or more. Paint a third layer if you feel the need. Before spraying your object, spray some paint into the air or onto a test object to make sure that the nozzle sprays well. If you're curious to know what my favorite brands of spray paint are, check out this post: My favorite paints, dyes and finishes.
Always spray beyond the edge of the object to ensure that too thick paint does not build up in an area. Finally, make sure to apply gentle, even sprays that don't overlap too much to prevent paint from building up and dripping.