The Way to Paint Brass Chandeliers

Chandeliers illuminate and add elegant centerpieces into dining rooms, foyers and living rooms. Brass chandeliers appeal to people who have a penchant for shiny, gold-colored fixtures. For others, however, brass does not fit into their aesthetic preferences or design styles. Over time, brass can also retain scratches and become dull. Remodel and refresh an obsolete brass chandelier by painting it. Painting brass requires spray paint especially designed for metal. French spray paint comes in a vast array of colors.

Wash the chandelier using a solution of hot water and dish soap. Cleaning will eliminate contaminants that may interfere with paint adhesion. Wipe down the chandelier after washing using a fresh sponge dampened with water to remove the soap residue.

Unhook, unwire or unscrew all embellishments on the chandelier, such as crystals or strands of beads. Tape over any permanent parts to not be painted, such as bulb sockets and wires.

Put the chandelier on a protected surface for painting. Work outside or in a ventilated space to avoid inhaling spray paint fumes.

Sand all brass parts of the chandelier using 220-grit abrasive. Sanding will create nice, tiny scratches, giving a”tooth” for the paint to continue to. After sanding, wipe down the chandelier with a damp sponge. Allow the chandelier to dry.

Coat the chandelier using metal primer. Hold the spray can nozzle approximately 10 inches from the chandelier and keep the spray moving to avoid drips. Leave the primer to dry.

Paint the headboard two to three coats of spray paintto ensure even coverage. Allow dry time between coats. Leave the spray paint to dry.

Spray the headboard two to three layers of spray polyurethane to create a glistening, protective coating over the paint.

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