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I've been trying to hit the "T" key (also made sure it's the one designated as "Spray"), but nothing ever happens!

What am I doing wrong? Are there some prerequisite I need to fill?

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Do you have a spray image already? Have you installed it properly? – agent86 Jan 24 '13 at 16:15
If you don't have a spray yet, you can't actually spray anything. – Retrosaur Jan 24 '13 at 16:17
I have the default (purple black thingy). IS that not enough? – Madara Uchiha Jan 24 '13 at 16:18
I don't actually use sprays (I have them disabled) but my guess is that default purple black checked pattern is not an actual sprayable image, so much as it is a pattern that indicates the lack of an image. – jw013 Jan 24 '13 at 16:24
A checkerboard pattern is usually used to display a transparency. I suspect such is the case here. – SaintWacko Jan 24 '13 at 16:32
up vote 14 down vote accepted

In order for sprays to work properly, you must:

  • Have a spray image. You can download and install a premade one, or create your own by converting an image to VTF format. (I'm not 100% sure if the default checkerboard pattern counts as an actual spray or not, and I can't currently test this)
  • Have sprays turned on in the multiplayer options. I believe you must also allow custom content to be downloaded, although again, not 100% on that one.
  • Be playing on a server that has sprays enabled. Not all servers do, so if you can't see anyone's sprays, try a different server.
  • Press the Spray key (default T) while pointing at a valid target.

If you're doing this right, you should hear a "spraycan" sound effect. Some surfaces don't take sprays properly, although a flat floor or wall is usually safe. You also have to be somewhat close to the surface in order to spray - too far away and you won't be able to. There's also a cooldown between sprays, so you can't spam the spray button.

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I'll try the detailed steps and report back. Thank you – Madara Uchiha Jan 24 '13 at 16:48
The default pattern doesn't count as a spray. – Slurpee Jan 24 '13 at 18:27
I think the 'create your own' link is a little out of date- my spray is rectangular and I didn't need to convert it to a vtf file beforehand, I just chose it from the in-game menu, unless this is a new requirement – Robotnik Jan 25 '13 at 2:11
@Robotnik, you can import certain file types, but historically the best way is to convert it. Some images/image types don't really convert as well as Valve maybe thinks they do :P – agent86 Jan 25 '13 at 3:58
@agent86 - Ok, I must've just been lucky :D – Robotnik Jan 25 '13 at 5:42

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