How do you paint hardware without chipping off?

Manuela Durson
by Manuela Durson
Who can tell me how to paint hardware like knobs and pulls without the paint chipping off?
  8 answers
  • Cyndi Moore Tippett Cyndi Moore Tippett on Jan 03, 2014
    I just painted my handles in my kitchen bc when I ordered then they came in a black nickle, so I painted them with a can of black spray paint from Lowes. I think I paid less than five dollars for the can. Make sure the hardware is clean and then I put nails through a board to hang the hardware so I could paint without touching them. Let them dry the amount of time required by the directions on the can. Rustoleum has a good brand of spray paint for metal. Good luck you will be really pleased with the results. I was.
    • Jeanette S Jeanette S on Jan 04, 2014
      @Cyndi Moore Tippett I saw on a DIY show where they punched holes through cardboard, put the screw through the hole and attached the knob...that way they stood up and you could paint the inside of pulls just by picking up the cardboard. Of course you would not want to put too many on the same piece of cardboard in order to avoid overspray
  • It is all in the cleaning and prep. Make sure the handles are clean and free from grease and dirt and let completely dry. Then use a good primer and let it dry/cure for a couple hours. do not buy the cheap spray paint. Rustoleum is good and I have used use the hammered spray paint for many projects with little problems (had one chip because I dropped it). Handles will eventually rub and show wear and tear even at the factory ones.
  • Annette Lyon Annette Lyon on Jan 03, 2014
    shiny knobs can be etched with muriatic acid then don't skip priming and spray with a good paint I like epoxy for durability i use a couple of pieces of cardboard and screw knobs to it makes it easy to spray evenly
  • Shabby Paints Shabby Paints on Jan 04, 2014
    I avoid all toxins in my process but, I paint mine with a mixture of our Chalked paint and shimmer for a slight metallic finish, then brush on VAX for protection. Spray paints etc. look great for awhile but with out a primer will usually be flaking and peeling with in a few months to a year.
  • Carrie Carrie on Jan 04, 2014
    Make sure your knobs are clean of any grease or dirt, etc. before painting. I've spray painted plenty of knobs with rustoleum spray and never had any problem with chipping.
  • Mari Mari on Jan 05, 2014
    What I hear you asking is what can I use to paint them so that they don't chip later. If that's the case: I usually put gesso on things that will get wear & tear, such as handles. Gesso adheres to everything - and doesn't come off. I have gesso on a few pieces of clothng - and its stayed on though at least 100 washings. Anyway - all the suggestions above are great! Clean the hardware, oil-free etc -- and rough it up a bit if you want. Then apply 2-3 thin coats of gesso.Follow the directions on the container. (BTW: Gesso is the white primer used on artist canvases) Michael's has small jars for this kind of project. The apply your paint. This has worked great on chairs I repainted, altered book covers and much much more!
  • Alice Harley-Wosnig Alice Harley-Wosnig on Jan 05, 2014
    When we were doing our faceplates that were metal, my husband took a small metal brush and etched the metal and then sprayed it with Rustoleum in your choice of colors. It has been 6 years and we haven't had the first chip. (We repainted it a hammered copper and it is just as expected)
  • Matina V Matina V on Jan 06, 2014
    Great ideas.