Asked on Jan 25, 2018

Can you paint chrome & how ?

by Ela27510591
I have a 1960's kitchenette set that I would like to paint the chrome legs of the table & chairs.
  13 answers
  • Mogie Mogie on Jan 25, 2018

    I painted the metal legs on some kitchen chairs a few years ago. I just needed to sand the legs so the paint had something to hold onto. Several light coats of paint worked best.

  • Ken Ken on Jan 25, 2018

    Much as this is not my taste you have a dinette that appears to be in good condition and people are willing to pay good money to obtain. Why ruin it? Craigslist or eBay and ask an outrageous price. Buy something you like.

    Chrome is smooth and really hard so it is difficult to scuff up well enough to hold paint. If you paint it, the paint will chip off easily.

  • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on Jan 25, 2018

    I would use Rustoleum paint. You may need to take the cushion and backs off the chairs to do the best job. Follow the directions on the cans about preparing it, etc. They have all the colors you would want and even textures, metallics, etc. Good luck and having fun transforming your kitchen set!

  • Emily Emily on Jan 25, 2018

    Those legs look in such good condition I would hesitate to paint them. But for the very best paint finish I would take them to an automobile paint shop. Would be much stronger finish. Are you going to paint the table legs too?

    • Ela27510591 Ela27510591 on Jan 25, 2018

      TKU for your suggestion !!! Yes, I'm thinking to paint all the chrome. The chairs will be recovered too. My home is a mixture of modern & retro. I love the style but want to bring it up to date for my home.

  • Mogie Mogie on Jan 25, 2018

    Nancy is right it is best to remove seats and legs.

  • 27524803 27524803 on Jan 25, 2018

    Emily is on the right track.... for longevity... have them powder coated

  • 2dogal 2dogal on Jan 28, 2018

    I would not do this as no paint will adhere well on metal that will be getting daily wear and tear. The legs will get nicks and scratches and you will not be happy with the look - or when you have to remove the paint.

  • 17335038 17335038 on Jan 28, 2018

    Agree with everyone who has said do not paint over the chrome with anything that will change the original look of the set. If you want a more 'updated' dinette for your mixed interior, then sell this one, and use the money to buy another. The value in these vintage sets is their unaltered look, sometimes irregardless of their condition. Your set looks like it is in good condition considering its age, so it should fetch more than a few bucks.

  • Wanda Wanda on Jan 28, 2018

    Take them to an auto body shop. They paint metal for a living. I took an old rusty utility cart and they were able to match the original yellow and powder coated the chrome. After 10 years it still looks like new.

  • William William on Jan 28, 2018

    Remove the seats and backs. Lightly sand the chrome to remove any gloss and scuff up the surface for paint. Use Rust-Oleum or Krylon spray paint for metal. Several light coats will give you a smooth finish. They are fetching about half the price sellers on Ebay are asking. Not much demand for them as there was about ten years ago.

  • Cyn27563097 Cyn27563097 on Jan 30, 2018

    yes, I have a sweet vintage metal table. The top is white w/ red pin stripe trim and the legs are solid red. It's the kind where both side of the table slide out to make larger table! Love it n wouldn't dare touch it. But the chairs weren't with it, so I got some vintage metal chairs that go w/ my mom n laws card table after she passed away. I'm gonna remove the torn seats, paint the metal red to match my table legs, n the recover the seats with a matching vintage style material. I will never use her card table, but am keeping it for keeps sake. So I do understand you wanting it to match your decor, but omg- I too hate to see a perfectly good vintage set painted over! But your choice- I'm sure you will do a fantastic job! No worries!!!!

  • Sue Sue on Jan 30, 2018

    spray painting works fine. Only sand where there might be a very rough spot in the chrome. Two or three coats. Let dry completely, then coat with a clear finish. Rust-Oleum works great! Have done this and it turned out fine. And do remove seats and backs.

  • Ann Ann on Jan 30, 2018

    I think you are asking for a lot of work for yourself in the future. You wanted some retro in your home and I dint think you can get more retro than this! I wouldn’t paint them. Just my opinion.