Painting Brass

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Painting a brass lamp, fireplace surround, or other item can give it new life and a more updated appearance. This is a page about painting brass.


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January 28, 2010

I would like to know if brass can be painted.

By bigmikepaint from Syracuse, NY


January 28, 20100 found this helpful

I suppose you could use metal paint - after all, they paint cars, don't they?

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January 30, 20100 found this helpful

Yes, you can paint brass with spray paint. If you have concerns re: the paint not sticking, you can spray it with a primer first, and then add your color.

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February 1, 20100 found this helpful

Yes, I did a light fixture and the brass was pitted and ugly. I aprayed it with and antique brass and I think it looks great!

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February 1, 20100 found this helpful

I painted our brass chandelier. I used an oil based paint that was called "hammered metal." I got it at Lowes.


I didn't even take down the fixture! It's looks great. It's a very thick oil-based paint and really adheres well. I used a brush but it was also available in a spray.

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November 25, 2013

Is there anyway to paint brass shower door frames, to last permanently?

By Bethany


November 27, 20130 found this helpful

I don't know about painting it, but if you do, you could put a clear coat on afterwards to protect the paint!

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September 14, 2011

How do I paint a brass type floor lamp?

By Sue


September 15, 20110 found this helpful

My husband did this to a couple of lamps some months ago and they look like new. First, sand the brass areas, then spray them with the "sticks to anything" type spray paint.


Let them dry and you're through! We went from shiny, scratched-up brass to flat black in the spray of a can!

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February 19, 2017

Using high temperature paint and proper preparation will help ensure success when painting shiny metal fireplace doors. This is a page about painting brass fireplace doors.

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