Any advice on what paint to use for lead came on front door glass!

Jan Loehr
by Jan Loehr
Will be painting front door & lead came between lead glass, it is faded & needs new paint to make it look new again. What kind of paint should I use for this?
  6 answers
  • Kimber Kimber on May 01, 2015
    Any stained glass shop can help they sell stains and paints specifically for that
  • Hope Williams Hope Williams on May 01, 2015
    The best place for advice on this is a stained glass Professional or a paint ProFessIonAl !
  • Marsharie M Marsharie M on May 02, 2015
    I don't think paint will work on lead very well. You could try a product called Novacan Copper Patina. It will turn the lead a darkened copper color which better than the oxidized lead I think. I would buy that and also a piece of lead to test first to see if you like the finished result. Lead will never be shiny or have that new look unless you solder over it and that would be very tricky to try. Good Luck!
  • Creativeme Creativeme on May 02, 2015
    There are paints specific for use on any metal. I'm not sure paint is the correct description. The liquid will transform (react with) or retain the metal and available in a multitude of metal finishes.Most hobby stores carry it....Metal Masters. Have used it forever and love the results. Couldn't insert the link, just search their name and the link will show up.
  • Jan Loehr Jan Loehr on May 02, 2015
    Thanks to all who gave suggestions...I have actually found a paint that is working on the lead very well. I am using Rustoleum Oil Based Protective Enamel in Gloss Smoke Gray which is the color of the original lead came. I previously painted it in a light gold metallic years ago which is now worn off as the door gets direct hot sun. Now I want to get back to the original gray came color & it is a painstaking job with a tiny sable brush but it is working!
  • Kathy Kathy on Sep 01, 2021

    yes, I have 4 harlequin windows and am going to paint the lead came a white to match other window mullions and new German shmear. Thank you for this post; it was exactly my project!