How to paint on metal?


I have a metal lantern, painted aqua and "distressed" with gold. I want to give it an allover "wash and wipe" in a walnut color to give it a more rustic look. How can I do this and what kind of stain or paint would work on metal? Thank you, friends.

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  • Cindy Cindy on Oct 17, 2018

    Hi Judy. My name is Cindy. Rustoleum makes paint designed for metal. It comes in a lot of different colors. You can purchase it from your local Home Improvement store or Wal Mart. Wishing you well.

  • Lifestyles Homes Lifestyles Homes on Oct 17, 2018

    Since it’s already painted, you want to put new paint on top of that or strip it first?

    If it was painted w/ enamel before, then it will have to be painted w/ enamel now. The same for acrylic latex paints.

    In any case, the old paint surface must be free of oils/dirt, etc, lightly sanded and then cleaned w/ rubbing alcohol at a minimum.

  • Sally Alter Sally Alter on Oct 17, 2018

    Sounds like a fun project, Judy. there are actually quite a few articles on it. But this one seems to be the easiest and you will get the rustic look you are looking for:

  • Judy H. Judy H. on Oct 17, 2018

    What I want to do is apply a darker shade of paint and quickly wipe it off to "age' the look of the aqua metal somewhat. The aqua paint on the lantern does not have a shiny enamel look, I'm not really sure what it is. What do you think?

  • William William on Oct 17, 2018

    Just use acrylic latex paint or craft paint in the color you want. Apply it with a cloth and wipe off with a cloth until you get the desired affect.

    • Judy H. Judy H. on Oct 18, 2018

      William, this sounds too easy to be true. Would I want to dilute the paint before wiping it on?

  • Pamela Pamela on Oct 18, 2018

    Rustoleum makes a great textured spray paint , I would try hammered bronze ...

    • Judy H. Judy H. on Oct 18, 2018

      Thanks Pamela. I might give that a try on a larger piece. My lantern only stands about 8 inches tall, it might be difficult to spray paint. I've heard about that textured spray paint and wondered how it performed, thanks for the recommendation.

  • Lifestyles Homes Lifestyles Homes on Oct 18, 2018

    If you try the water-based method, then yes start with it diluted & be ready to remove it if you don’t like the “test” area.

    By that I mean, have damp soapy rags ready to wipe off the test area if you don’t like the effect.

    Keep in mind that most water-based paints dry darker than they go on wet.

  • William William on Oct 18, 2018

    I would dilute it just a bit to thin it out a little. Probably 25 % water and 75% paint. Not 50/50 like a white wash.

  • William William on Oct 18, 2018

    You can do it. Good Luck.

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