Last Spring our courtyard needed a makeover, so I spray-painted our patio table. Yes, I took these pictures nearly a year ago. I forgot I had taken them, and I came across them today. I’m scatter-brained what can I say. But, I thought I should tell you what happened so that you don’t run into the same problems if you decide to spray paint anything in the near future.


I used Valspar Spray paint called Exotic Sea, and although it worked out ok in the long run, I was not super happy with the spray paint.


I would get almost done with the project and then the color would have variation and look completely different than the previous coat. So, I would shake the can really well and start over and then it would happen again! It took a few tries and a bit of good luck to finally get the entire table the same color. I would say I was the problem, after all I am just human, but I’m pretty much a professional when it comes to spray painting, so I have to say it was the product and not faulty command on this one.


So, although I think the courtyard is much more colorful than before, next time I will choose a different brand of spray paint. On a more positive note: the color is a great shade and very bright and that was exactly what I was going for. Let’s give it the benefit of the doubt, maybe the can was old?

Happy Monday.




  1. Lori says

    That’s really odd. I’ve used Valspar several times and always gotten excellent results. I love that one can goes so far compared to other brands. Maybe if you contact the company they can offer some explanation?

  2. says

    I’ve used spray paint many times for furniture. Last year I did all my girls beds and you know I had the same problem! I wonder if it’s the blue that is especially difficult? I used rustoleum and got much better results along with less hand fatigue. I like the color selections of Valspar but the Rustoleum I found had better nozzle and was low in odor also. I do wonder about that blue because I was so frustrated! I painted a chair, desk, hutch and bed and had to go over so many times it was super frustrating. But honestly it still turned out really cute!

    • Nancy S says

      I have to agree with you. I love the Valspar colors, but my overall FAVORITE has to be RUSTOLEUM!!!! The can’s easier to work with, I don’t have a lot of clogging or problems with the nozzle, and the consistency is great. Best of all, it only takes about 2 coats to cover evenly.

  3. victoria says

    Originally I thought maybe the texture of the top of your table vrs the legs could be the problem, then I thought maybe the top was rusted but, it could really be the spray paint. In the last 5 months I’ve used Valspar and found it inferior – both paint and spray paint. I’ve use Valspar before – my house exterior and trim is Valspar and I’ve loved it. I don’t know if they have changed the formula or are getting it made from a different manufacturer or what but lately I’ve been very unhappy with the results and have taken paint and spray paint back. I use Rustoleum spray paint now and it has been great! I’ve also changed to Sherwin Williams and Benjamin Moore for paint and though they cost more, OK a LOT more, I’ve been really happy with the finishes and how the paint handles. I do love the color you chose!

  4. natosha says

    I did this same color for four chairs and I had the same problem. So much of a problem that I picked up the cans to make sure they were all the same color. Luckily though they’ve held up well so far.

  5. rachel says

    I too bought valspar because I love the beautiful colors. My blue did the exact same thing. When I went to put the final coat on, it was a completely different color. I had to start all over!

  6. Lisa says

    I have used it and I like the paint but I HATE the can!!! Its supposed to be easy on your hands but it just about killed me!!
    NOT recomended if you have problems with your hands!!!

  7. says

    I have not had that problem so much as it takes about 30 coats for it to cover anything. It comes out so light & faint that I ended up giving up & going & buying something that would actually cover. Now that I hear your thoughts & experience with it- I will stick with another brand until maybe something changes with them.

  8. Mindy says

    Funny, because I used Valspar for many projects and was very happy with it. Then I read you and Mandi recommending Krylon, used it, and was disappointed. The spray went all over and not onto the project, and I needed more passes to cover it, and the can was finished more quickly than Valspar. Well, to each his own.

  9. says

    I’ve had trouble with Valspar every single time that I’ve used it. The biggest problem for me has been that the cans wind up spitting blotches of paint. Very frustrating. Love the color of your table and chairs, btw!

  10. Reenie says

    I have had trouble with Valspar every time I’ve tried to use it also. My prob is it runs….. or drips out the can ~ not in a spray. I’ve tried shaking it longer…. nope, still runs every.single.time. I won’t buy it again. My fav is Rust-O-Leum. :)

  11. Leah says

    So, I laughed when I read your comment about the color change. I just had this experience myself. I was like, “What the heck? There are two different colors in this can? I shook it!” It was towards the bottom of the can. Good to know that you had that experience too!

    • says

      I love the colors of Valspar Spray Paint especially the blues. My favorite being Peacock Blue. I have had the same problem everytime I have used one of them. I also had a problem with a Garnet color I bought many cans of for a large project. Afte it was sanded and primed and dried completely I sprayed it looked beautiful but after 3 weeks it was still not dry and tacky. It stuck to any and everything. I love the Valspar cclors but will be sticking with my reliable Rustoleum!

  12. Jackie Sasfai says

    I’ve had the exact same problem with the Valspar spray paints. Especially the blues. I absolutely love the Peacock Blue but this happens everytime I use the paint. I am a shaker as well. I also bought several cans of a Garnet for a large project and after 3 weeks it still was not dry. Don’t know what the problem was. Love all the colors but for spray paint I will stick with Rustoleum!

  13. says

    So…I have a confession too. Not using Valspar spray paint, but I have a can of the white and I’m not super happy with it. Maybe it’s me, choosing to paint in this unfavorable weather, but it’s so thick. I’m thinking it is the cold weather…I have no choice now, my table is half done. It’s just the brush strokes are super visible, the paint is thick, and I’m ready to just start over. Grr!!! I should have spray-painted!

  14. Mary C. Barr says

    You know, I used Valspar recently and had to give the item three coats to cover, so was interested in the fact that other peole have had problems with it, as well. Personally, don’t think you can beat Behr and Sherman Williams paint, my favorites.

  15. Sandy says

    I bought the valspar paint too from Lowe’s and I started painting and it came all all lumpy and not smooth like Rustoleum does. It would have looked really bad if I kept on it so i took the paint back and got Rustoleum instead. Tried and true and nice smooth finish.

  16. Sara says

    I know I’m a little late to the party, but I found this blog from a pin of a pin of a pin…LOL. I was looking for what to do and what not to do with my kitchen table & chairs now that they do not even remotely match my kitchen (after my kitchen facelift). I have problems with the Valspar spray paint as well. It sprays very light, takes may coats & that sprayer! Oh my! That sprayer is the most. difficult. thing. ever. I will not ever never ever buy another can of it, which is sad because they have wonderful colors!

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