Asked on Dec 17, 2018

How do I paint a metal lamp base?

Dixie Belle Paint CompanyNatalieWilliam


My lamps are a shiny gold color. I need suggestions for preparing them before I paint them.

6 answers
  • Vimarhonor
    on Dec 17, 2018


    The modern spray paint formations with primer and paint work wonderfully. Clean your item prior to painting.

  • Nancy Turner
    on Dec 17, 2018

    You may need to lightly sand them to get the paint to adhere properly. I would use a paint for metal in this coats to prevent runs or brush strokes if using a brush.

  • Karen
    on Dec 17, 2018

    I would use a spray paint with primer already in it

  • William
    on Dec 17, 2018

    No primer needed. Just light sand with 200 grit sandpaper or a green kitchen scrubby to dull the shine. Use Rustoleum spray paint for metal. Several light coats will give you a smooth finish.

  • Natalie
    on Dec 17, 2018

    I gave my shiny gold lamps a few coats of the blue zinnser primer and then painted them with whatever paint I wanted to use. The primer is really important so you don't get scratches. Even with paint that says will adhere to metal. It's always best to be safe than sorry in my opinion!

  • Dixie Belle Paint Company
    on Dec 17, 2018

    Hi Linda! I can tell you how to paint your metal lamp base with Dixie Belle :)

    It is super easy to paint with Dixie Belle.

    Step one: Clean with White Lightning

    Step two: Apply two coats of Slick Stick

    Step three: Paint one to two coats of Dixie Belle Chalk Mineral Paint

    Step four: Use Gator Hide or any other Dixie Belle clear coat

    No sanding required!

    If you ever need help or have any questions you can feel free to call us at 813-909-1962 during business hours. We have a full staff here eager to help you!

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