A new paint technique that makes it easier for consumers to get their hands on kitchen appliances has found widespread use.
The new technique, called spray-on paint, is being applied to appliances and can be applied to virtually any appliance, said Mark A. Lees, a professor of electrical and computer engineering at Duke University.
“It’s a very fast process and it’s very inexpensive,” Lees said.
He’s one of a growing number of researchers who are working to commercialize the technology.
The technique is the result of a collaboration between a company called Pico Industries and Lees’ group at Duke.
“We found that the technique works very well, even on a small scale,” Leets said.
“So it’s a real game-changer.”
The technique relies on a simple idea: using a spray-coated plastic coating, paint a single layer of paint onto a surface.
This coating is then sprayed onto a piece of metal that is then covered with a thinner layer of clear acrylic.
The clear acrylic layer is then applied to a piece a piece to make a new surface.
“That’s how it’s called a ‘spray-on-top,'” Lees explained.
A layer of opaque acrylic can be sprayed on a surface by spraying the acrylic onto a thin layer of white paint, which is then coated with another thin layer.
“The paint is sprayed over that paint and it covers it up,” Leys said.
Paint on a piece that is sprayed on top of a thin white paint.
Painting a layer of painted acrylic on a metal surface.
The acrylic layer can be covered up with clear acrylic to protect it from air and water, making it easy to paint on a new piece of equipment.
Leets says the spray-ons used in this technique are a good way to save money.
“You’re not painting on top, you’re spraying on top,” he said.
When the spray is complete, the painted area will look like a new coat of paint, with the same color and consistency as the original.
“I think that’s a big deal, because it really does reduce the amount of painting required,” Leeson said.
Leese says the paint is also an attractive finish for furniture and appliances that aren’t painted on the outside.
It’s easier to paint a coat on a thin metal surface than it is on a thick metal surface, and it can be mixed with other coatings, making the product more durable.
“This is a really attractive coating,” Leess said.
But Lees warns consumers to be cautious when using the technique.
“Spray-ons work better in certain areas of an appliance,” he told ABC News.
“If you have a cabinet, or you’re painting the ceiling of a kitchen, you’ll want to have a layer or two of paint on that surface.”
The paint can be used on appliances and other items that are hard to clean or that require frequent maintenance.
“There’s a whole category of appliances that we have that are very easy to clean and there’s a lot of other things that people want to maintain,” Leves said.
The spray-ins also require more maintenance.
The paint needs to be washed off the appliance at least every couple of years.
The company behind the spray technique, Pico Technologies, has expanded its range of appliances to include vacuum cleaners, dishwashers, microwaves, and other household appliances.
But the spray method is not going to replace the maintenance of a professional, Lees added.
“A professional could do it on a budget,” he explained.
“But a consumer could get it for free.”
Lees believes the technique could also help people with arthritis, diabetes, and arthritis-related problems.
“When I was working on this project, the people who are really having problems with arthritis were the ones who didn’t have a lot to paint,” Leese said.
That could be because they have arthritis that’s difficult to control.
“One of the things that’s important with arthritis is that you can’t control it, so when it comes to arthritis, you can control the pain and the stiffness,” Leest said.
While this technique might not be an option for people with a physical disability, Leese hopes it could help alleviate arthritis and arthritis related problems.
If the spray paint technique works for you, you should contact the company to get more information about the process.