Asked on Jan 14, 2016

Can I paint my gold tone shower door metal?

by Jean
We are looking to sell our home, built in 1996 when gold tone was hot. Now, we are told that our shower door and faucets are outdated. I hate to spend money on new doors and fixtures since they are still working fine, and we won't recoup the money at the sale. Can they be painted?
  35 answers
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Jan 15, 2016
    Yes they are paintable. Heres the know how.
  • CK CK on Jan 15, 2016
    Agreed. They can be painted. However now that gold is back in, there are ways to sort of 'age' it for the less bright goldtone than that of the 90's. Sorry I don't have a link to share right now, but I know there are methods that'll do that. However even for painting, I'd try to remove the door from the shower, or at least tape it off really well around it. After cleaning it well, I'd use an automotive spray primer then spray paint in nickel color. It should last quite least until you sell and the new owner decides to update anyway :-)
    • Jean Jean on Jan 16, 2016
      @CK This is a great idea! I don't know if I am up to it, but this is good advice. Thanks again.
  • Johnchip Johnchip on Jan 15, 2016
    Be careful not to devalue your home with 'cheap' fixes, many look for that and will make low offers or come back on you after the sale for false advertising.
  • MN Mom MN Mom on Jan 15, 2016
    If you're selling, maybe focus on the other parts of the bathroom and make it as relaxing an atmosphere as possible. De clutter, maybe a fresh coat of paint, new hand towels, a small plant. If the new buyers are going to pass up your place because of your gold shower door, they aren't the right buyers!
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    • Gq032832237 Gq032832237 on Mar 06, 2018

      How true, but when competing against new cheaply built homes, the buyer will pass on well built good quality 15-20 year old house, it's what I call the New Shiny effect

  • The Redesign Habit The Redesign Habit on Jan 15, 2016
    I agree with Connie about aging the gold. Gold is actually coming back into style, just not the brassy gold. I would do a little research if I were you and see if you can find some tutorials about how to age it to give it a more modern look. It may turn out to be an easier process than actually completely trying to paint them out. Good luck!
  • I agree with Barbara S. I wouldn't bother with something as minute as the trim. Someone can easily change out the doors after they buy the house. Just leave it as is and make the rest of the space look as updated as possible.
  • Marion Nesbitt Marion Nesbitt on Jan 15, 2016
    Brass is back. Have a 100+ Yr old home ando all the window/door/original light fixtures are brass so have same shower door trim and brass taps, etc. to go.. First time in years, I have seen shiny brass bathroom taps for sale..
  • B. Enne B. Enne on Jan 15, 2016
    Lisa Laporta did it all the time on the TV show Designed to Sell. She often used chrome paint I believe, and it gave it a brushed nickel look
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Jan 15, 2016
    At this point reguardless of the negative comments that you are selling the house, I would do what your heart says.If you want to go with the process of painting them go for it.
  • Christie Connor Christie Connor on Jan 15, 2016
    She didn't ask if she "should" paint, she asked if she "could". The answer is yes. I have done quite a bit of research on this and there is a stainless steel paint that holds up well even on faucets and door handles. The paint actually has metal in it and can be used for refrigerators and many other projects and is reasonably priced. There may be other brands, but this one includes video tutorials and info.
    • Jean Jean on Jan 16, 2016
      @Thank You Christie Connor Oh my! This is awesome! It almost looks like something I can actually do and do well! This is super encouraging!
  • Jeanette S Jeanette S on Jan 16, 2016
    I had to laugh at this post because it is so ME! I had rustic type hardware in my house I bought new in 1970. Then when brass came in, I put in new everything. Well, sure should have kept those "out of date" rustic pieces...could update for free now! HA!
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    • Jeanette S Jeanette S on Jan 17, 2016
      @Jean One thing about being near 75 and in the same house for 46 years...let the kids clean it out and fix it up to sale or burn it down! LOL. I have painted the same rooms too many times! I told hubs just yesterday as we sat down to fold a couple loads of clothes, "You know what? I am just sick of doing chores!"
  • Danielle Danielle on Jan 16, 2016
    Yes, you definitely can paint that gold! There are several products out there that will do a great job and hold up beautifully, it's just a matter of talking to your realtor to find out what the most requested color is, and seeing which of the companies that make these products has the color you want. Krylon industrial has a line that's good, Rustoleum automotive paint works great and holds up beautifully, after all, it's made to handle being out in all weather having things hit it going 55mph! There's lots of options to update that won't cost you more than $25-$30 to do. Good luck with your sale!
    • Jean Jean on Jan 16, 2016
      @Thank You Danielle I so appreciate your encouragement and recommendations! This is very helpful!
  • Mike Williamson Mike Williamson on Jan 16, 2016
    Yes those once stylish doors can be painted. The secret is preparation. Sanding the surface and cleaning with lacquer thinner before painting would be my way of doing it. Select a paint which works on metal and use the correct brush for the paint. Good luck and post an "after" pic.
    • Jean Jean on Jan 16, 2016
      @Mike Williamson I appreciate the good advice and encouragement. I'm wishing I had someone who would do this for me, as it definitely looks doable--by someone else!
  • Debbie Winsett Debbie Winsett on Jan 16, 2016
    I did exactly this and prepped as necessary. It was a disaster and I would not recommend it. Despite adequately masking off the tile, the paint got all over the tile (which cleaned up) and grout (which didn't). We left the painted metal for a few weeks but, when it scratched during cleaning, we had a new one installed. That's a small door and I would not try to "trick" buyers into thinking it was a real finish.
    • Jean Jean on Jan 16, 2016
      @Thank You Debbie Winsett, for sharing your experience. This sounds like what I might be getting myself into! I am not particularly gifted with steady hands and a lot of experience! :=(
  • 512181 512181 on Jan 16, 2016
    Gold is actually back again. It is more of a champagne brass, but it is back. It is often paired with gray. Maybe the bath walls or the cabinet could just be painted and brand new fluffy white towels can be added. If you add any hooks or anything, do them in the champagne brass. Google champagne brass and items will pop up. Perhaps that would update the bath enough to be appealing. Make the bath a spa look. Don't have shampoo and toiletries around. Think of how a nice hotel room looks when you first walk in.
  • Kathryn Peltier Kathryn Peltier on Jan 16, 2016
    Lynda Davis said exactly what I was going to say. Paint the room instead of the metal - much easier. Are your cabinets wood? Paint those gray. Make the gold look intentional. If you have old, gold-toned faucets, definitely change those out. Updated hardware would be a good investment and doesn't have to be expensive (check out the discount hardware companies online - some you can get for as little as 99 cents each). Or, spraypaint the hardware you have, if the design is up to date. This bathroom is done in Navy, which looks nice, but I would suggest sticking with gray for resale
  • Cornelia Schott Cornelia Schott on Jan 16, 2016
    I agree with above comments by Kathryn and Lynda, leave the door the way it is and paint the walls and add fresh towels. I find it hard to believe that a shower door will be the deciding factor when it comes to selling your house. Put a bouquet of flowers in the bathroom along with a fresh coat of paint and you will be surprised with your results. Good luck!
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    • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Jan 16, 2016
      @Jean Hi there like Ive posted before go with your heart not what everyone else is telling you there opinion.Your question was is it possible to paint the shower trim. Wow what I have read astonishes me with the answers. So good luck with your decision and please let me know the outcome.
  • Sandy Hartnett Sandy Hartnett on Jan 16, 2016
    I agree...the doors are fine. I happen to like the gold. Clear out the toiletries. Fluffy white towels sound great! Good luck...hugs
    • Jean Jean on Jan 16, 2016
      @Thank You Sandy Hartnett You are a jewel; I greatly appreciate the encouragement!
  • Kathy Bitzan Kathy Bitzan on Jan 16, 2016
    I would leave it as is, these agents coming in telling you what to do is bogus. If you wanted a new kitchen you would keep the house... I will suggest that keep it neat and clean. It maybe just that they don't like the gold, let the new owner deal with it and don't stress out. You might do other smaller things to distract from those doors if they are really bothersome.
  • Diana Deiley Diana Deiley on Jan 16, 2016
    Hmmmmm, my thought is to NOT spend your money. New homeowners will come in and change it the way they want it. A good cleaning, clean counters, and a simple scented candle will freshen up the room. When I purchased my house, the previous owner cleaned the bathrooms and used 100 watt light bulbs. The rooms were so bright and looked huge! Best of luck.
  • Carole Carole on Jan 16, 2016
    I changed mine to silver using paint for metal.
  • Jean Jean on Jan 16, 2016
    I got a mix of replies, some very encouraging and some skeptical. Several gave links and resources which were very helpful! Thanks.
  • Mike Williamson Mike Williamson on Jan 17, 2016
    You're welcome Jean. Don't be intimidated by that door. It's only metal and can be conquered. Sometimes when I have a task which isn't my favorite, I'll do one phase at a time: sanding one day, cleaning another and break up the painting over a period of 2 or 3 days. Let me know.
    • Jean Jean on Jan 17, 2016
      @Mike Williamson You are awesome to give so much attention to my question!
  • Mike Williamson Mike Williamson on Jan 17, 2016
    Jean-one more thought-if your shower is deep enough, you really don't need a door. If that's the case, remove it. The remaining mounting holes are an easy fix. Mike
  • Karen Coulas Karen Coulas on Jan 17, 2016
    Yes, but the bronze needs to be painted first with a paint used by auto painters so that the new paint will adhere. I wish I could remember the name of this paint. But go to your local hardware store and they should know what you need. It is available in a spray can for about $6.00 cnd.
  • Mike Williamson Mike Williamson on Jan 18, 2016
    Again, you're welcome Jean. The way I see it, if you want to make a home improvement you should be encouraged. What you're proposing is not a dangerous job and you should not be afraid to do it. It's only paint. Don't forget, I want to see before and after pics! Mike PS-if you'd like to see some of my DIY pics, let me know. If they help you get started, all the better.
    • Jean Jean on Jan 18, 2016
      @Mike Williamson We are planning to update a rancher built about 1960 once we sell our home. I think we are going to wait to try some of these wonderful ideas! Hopefully, we will be ready to tackle that in about 3 months!
  • Karen Coulas Karen Coulas on Jan 18, 2016
    Jean, the paint I mentioned is called a self-itching primer. It will make the bronze let your paint adhere to it. I used this on some outdated brass chairs and they turned out great. I would also suggest a clear top coat since it is a shower.
  • Sarah A. Victory Sarah A. Victory on Jan 18, 2016
    My new-old house was built in 1988 and had the shiny brass shower door trim (actually shiny brass was every where) :) but alas I was unable to clean the 2 ft wide door (hard water scum, etc) so I removed it and put up a shower curtain. You saved yourself $400-$500 as one Hardware store here charges $200 to install. Congrats!
  • Denise Denise on Jan 18, 2016
    Simple fix....simple. New tempered glass door. Lowes and Hme Depot have beautiful selections. No silver, no gold, no colored edges. Google Tempered glass shower doors, see what comes up. Good luck.
  • Mike Williamson Mike Williamson on Jan 18, 2016
    Roger that. Best of luck.
  • Bettyann Sheats Bettyann Sheats on Jan 21, 2016
    Just remember that if you remove the door and replace with another door or shower curtain, there will be holes that need to be covered. Make sure the metal frame of the new door will cover the old holes. I like the paint idea. The new home owners may be turned off by the holes if you go with a curtain. And if you go to the expense of a new door and they want to update, you have just wasted money. Just make sure the paint is meant for metal, tape the plastic seals well (they will not take paint) and do a nice job.
  • Lisa House Lisa House on Jan 22, 2016
    Try Rub n Buff
  • Susanroy36 Susanroy36 on Mar 06, 2016
    I think anything can be spray painted. Clean and wipe every single minute space on it - even with a q-tip to get it perfect. Then wipe down with tsp and let dry. TAPE OFF everything and spray with silver. I wouldn't use gloss. I'd use a satin metallic. Don't put on heavy. Use several (at least 3) coats of very soft sprays, overlapping. It takes patience. But it will be beautiful.
  • Sandi Reynolds Sandi Reynolds on Mar 10, 2016
    yes you can use rustloleum spray paint in aged copper & it will be awesome. just clean & tape off & spray! new look for $6 bucks, not 600!
  • Deb K Deb K on May 22, 2023

    Hello Jean, you can grab some whit Rustoleum and tape off the glass then spray or brush on the white