What type of paint works on screen made door decor?

by Mary
I've been trying to find out what type of paint or mixture of paints will paint on aluminum screen. I want to make seasonal "door hangers" you see in boutiques. The screen material is shaped into bunnies, pumpkins, shamrocks, etc. painted and hung on your front door. I have managed to make a flower and I used craft acrylic paint, but it does not fill in the screen holes like the ones I see in stores. I also tried adding glue and mod podge to the paint, but it still doesn't fill in. Does anyone know the secret?
  7 answers
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Mar 27, 2016
    I would try spray paint going back and forth so the paint gets the whole screen You will probably have to repeat for coverage.
  • Kjs5035414 Kjs5035414 on Mar 27, 2016
    Rustoleum would be my first choice as it has paint made for metal, in quart and spray.
  • Judi Judi on Mar 28, 2016
    I have seen this done on Hometalk previously. Try www.bella-tucker.com she has done this type of work.
  • PeckDrywallPainting PeckDrywallPainting on Mar 29, 2016
    Without photos it's just a guess. 1) If possible you could lay them down flat and use a mini roller and a latex acrylic paint. 2) Dip them into the acrylic paint. 3) Like others have suggested spray paint them. Hope that helps, -Paul ps. Post a pic if you can. :-)
  • Jo Jo on Mar 29, 2016
    did you spray inside and out. that may help fill in the holes
  • Sandra Hellewell Sandra Hellewell on Apr 02, 2016
    My personal favorite and the spray paint I use the most is Krylon Interior/Exterior Spray Paint. It's made to cover everything including metal so I think you will be happy with the finish. Make sure to do several light coats on both sides of the screen. Good luck and have fun!
  • Mary Mary on Apr 02, 2016
    I appreciate all the suggestions and I tried several. What has worked best is to cover front and back of the pieces of screen with gesso before painting. A couple of coats of acrylic craft paint over the gesso covers pretty good. Still working on my project, but hope to post pic when complete.