3 Amazing Brass Painting Tips To Master

Brass is a non-magnetic metal alloy that contains both copper and zinc. Every hand that touches a doorknob comes in direct contact with this metal. In addition to the doorknob, and doorknockers, brass is the material found in gears, pipes, locks, and nuts and bolts. Interior designers love the aesthetic beauty that brass lamps, lighting fixtures, faucets, handrails, brass bed headboards, and fireplace screens add to room décor. Artists also love the quality of such brass for sculptures and installations. Brass is a metal that is both easy to form into varied shapes while retaining its strength.

Brass is designed to last and can be updated with paint to match new furnishings or wall colors. The best method of painting brass is with spray paint. The first, and most important, brass-painting tip is ensuring the brass to be spray painted is thoroughly clean and dry. While brass material is non-magnetic, dust and oily brass cleaning solutions — do stick and will need to be removed to ensure the spray paint adheres to the metal. Remember, brass is a non-porous metal alloy and will need to be ‘roughed up’ for the paint to adhere to its surface.

Amazing Brass Painting Tips to Master

  • Steel wool is an excellent resource in removing built-up dirt and corrosion while also ‘roughing up’ the smooth lacquer surface intended to prevent tarnishing. Next, dampen a lint-free cloth with a de-greasing solution to remove any oil and grease. The last step is to wipe with a clean, damp, lint-free cloth.  Allow ten minutes for the surface to dry thoroughly.
  • Do not negate the specialty paint of a brass primer, followed by a base coat! After the primer is dry, spray a base coat of the color you selected over the primer coat. The base coat should be transparent, showing the primer underneath. This amazing brass-painting tip is essential to achieving a smooth finish.
  • With the application of the primer and base coat dry, the next step is applying a second, and possibly third, coat of paint. A good brass-painting tip to remember is to spray the object horizontally, not vertically, to avoid paint drips.  Stand six to eight inches from the object and use even pressure strokes, top to bottom.

Let Common Sense Prevail

When spray painting lamps, unplug the lamp from the outlet and be careful not to get paint on the wiring. Always wear a painter’s mask to avoid breathing the paint particles; wear safety goggles to protect the eyes and do all work in a well-ventilated area.

If you have a spray painting job you are not 100% comfortable with – Spray Finishes can help. Give us a call and get your on-site electrostatic spray painting quote today!

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