Spray Painting Metal Hardware
No need to spend money on new hardware, all it needs is a simple face lift. This simple tutorials on how to Paint Hardware will have you running through the house looking for more metal to paint. Or maybe that is just me. I love simple trash to treasure transformations. Rethink your existing knobs, locks, and hinges and use metal spray paint for a quick update that is friendly on your wallet and your time.
Materials Needed to Spray Paint Hardware:
- Steel wool or FINE grit Sandpaper
- Cardboard box ~ to hold the hardware
- Metal paint primer
- Metal spray paint ~ My absolute favorite is Rust-Oleum Oil Rubbed Bronze. Seriously this stuff is AMAZING! Do you remember when I used it to up date a discarded wooden box? Its still one of my favorite projects!
I salvaged a number of vintage coat hooks. They are super strong, but in need of a face lift. If you look closely they are no longer shiny, just all rusted and neglected. Nothing a little spray paint cant fix! I have also painted metal with a simple dry brush technique, but that works best on decorative items.
- Clean the hardware with steel wool or high grit (200+) sandpaper to rough up the surface.
- Place the hardware on a box in a well ventilated area. Outside is always best! Poke the screws into the box making it easy to spray them as well (pictured above).
- Apply one thin and even coat of high quality spray primer meant for metal. Let dry.
- Apply two to three thin and even coats of high quality spray paint meant for metal. My favorite is Rust-oleum Universal Metallic Paint & Primer in one Oil-Rubbed Bronze. Let dry.
- Now your ready to install your new painted hardware.
Remember lots of THIN and EVEN coats are best!
I need to install a few of my new hooks under the sink next to my rubber gloves.
TIPS TO REMEMBER WHEN SPRAY PAINTING METAL WITH METALLIC PAINT.
- Sand the surface before painting. A very fine grit sandpaper or steel wool works best.
- Use one THIN coat of metal primer for ensured adhesion. Let dry.
- Shake the can for a few minutes before applying and shake as you spray.
- You may be tempted to spray quickly and heavily but remember…lots of THIN coats are always best!
- Optional: You can protect the paint after it is dry with a light coat of clear protective finish. Most spray paint brands have stain and glossy finishes. I often skip this step and have not had a problem with chipping or wearing.
- Don’t mess with wet paint! Don’t move or touch until the hardware is completely dry.
Until Next time