Asked on Dec 06, 2016

How can I paint brass mouldings?

by Diane
My kitchen lighting which is fixed into the ceiling above my cabinets is dated but I can't afford to change it. The lighting is held in place with 1" wide thin brass moulding. I cannot remove them to spray paint them so I have to paint them by hand. Looking for suggestions as to what I should use and how do I prepare them for paint? TIA
q how can i paint brass moudings
I am in the process of painting my cabinets, grey on the lowers and white on the uppers. Would like to paint the brass trim white as well. I will be tiling in between the cabinets.
  14 answers
  • Shawna Bailey Shawna Bailey on Dec 06, 2016
    First off, I love what your planning on doing for your cabinets, gray on the bottom and white on the top will be so nice looking. What type of tile are you putting in?
    For the light, is there a way to pop out the glass/fiberglass panels? If not you'll have to very carefully tape off the metal with painters tape. make sure to press it down with a credit card (or like object) Then I recommend using hammerite metal paint which doesn't need a primer, it can just be applied to any clean metal. you might have to scrub it well, because sometimes things in the kitchen get grimy. then make sure to peal off the painters tape while the paint is still wet, this is a crucial step when using painters tape otherwise the paint will dry to the tape and you will pull off some of the paint when you lift up the tape.
    Please put the link to the post for this here so I can see how it turns out.

  • Les and Gina Les and Gina on Dec 06, 2016
    Spray paint we do it all the time. We take down old brass ceiling fans spray paint the with oil bronze spray paint and now they look just like the new oil rubbed bronze ceiling fans. Nobody the wiser. Same with the cabinets and drawer pulls and hinges except we do spray a clear coat on them since they are being handled and wash alot. You also paint your counter tops. 2 coats of primer paint , 2 coats of base, 2 to 3 coats of polyurethane.

    • Diane Diane on Dec 06, 2016
      Thank you. But I'm afraid to remove the pieces that are screwed into the ceiling, afraid they won't all go back.

  • Sally-Charles Evans Sally-Charles Evans on Dec 06, 2016
    If your light panels won't come down without a fight you could get white duct tape in the right width and cover the brass with white tape. I have done it and it looks great nd lasts a long time.

    • Diane Diane on Dec 06, 2016
      What a wonderful suggestion. I would never have thought of that but I will certainly look into it.

  • William William on Dec 06, 2016
    Lightly sand the brass to remove any shine. Use painters tape and tape around the brass. Paint with any metal paint using a foam brush for a smooth finish. Carefully remove the tape while the paint is still wet.

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    • Diane Diane on Dec 07, 2016
      Thank you for your suggestion Rosie.

  • K. K. on Dec 08, 2016
    I agree with William he said what I was going to say

  • Patricia De Franco Rini Patricia De Franco Rini on Dec 08, 2016
    Clean the brass and maybe sand a little and look into a material called Guilders can put it on with anything even your finger..Jewelry artists use it and people who color leaves etc on wrought iron....I love the stuff..My outdoor lanterns by the side of my garage door got ugly and I used golden guilders paste with my finger and they looked great..a little buffing with a soft cloth and you are done..No sealing needed....There are many sources for Guilders paste and if you google it I am sure you can see people in action with the way it held up great in the Florida sun and rain outside and I didn't seal the laters

  • Sharon Tircuit Franklin Sharon Tircuit Franklin on Dec 09, 2016
    That brassy gold color is out...I'd paint them white

  • Teresa C Teresa C on Dec 09, 2016
    That looks like the same thing my son had in his last home. We found it was easier to take it down. The only thing is you will need to know what is behind it, pipes etc. My son took some wall board and wood and went around the pipes. After filling in holes and paint it looks so much better and he placed items that get seldom used and were decorative on the top of cabinets.

  • Linda Kelly Linda Kelly on Dec 10, 2016
    Annie Sloan chalk paint will stick to anything and requires no prep but you would want to clean it well. I would suggest the color pure white. This paint is sometimes confused with chalkboard paint but they are totally different. You can Google it and see all the uses.

    • Diane Diane on Dec 10, 2016
      Thank you Linda. I am an avid fan of chalk paint so I might go this way.

  • Phil a Phil a on Dec 11, 2016
    At least some of the translucent panels need to be removable or you couldn't replace bad bulbs. Since you want to paint the brass trim white, a good cleaning is in order, maybe some ammonia, or similar agent, to remove any cooking grease film. You could prime the trim with (my personal recommendation) Gripper (will even stick to glass). If you decide to spray the color, auto paint repair guys typically recommend Rustoleum spray paints for their smooth finish and durability. If you decide to brush (also Rustoleum in a can), use a foam brush for a smoother coat. The more glossy the paint, the more any imperfections will show and while with less glossy the paint, the less imperfections will show. BTW.. that is a truly interesting set of period lighting. A lot of people like the retro '50s or earlier 20th century look with older resto-mod mod appliances and fixtures. Please update us when done.

  • Kgp8217238 Kgp8217238 on Dec 11, 2016
    I think after you paint everything it will look like you had it put up on purpose! I think the white cabinets along with the appliances are going to make it look a lot bigger. Yes those panels come down they slip into a groove which if thy hv been up for a while will be stuck. I would use the blur painters tape and paint the metal a white that you can easily clean. I think with the tile being a focal point of breaking up your kitchen you might want to keep the top flowing in white? I hope to see the results. It is retro and you might just find you like it and add some retro items to your kitchen:)

  • Diane Diane on Dec 11, 2016
    I bought some Rustoleum flat white paint and I think that's what I'm going to try. I never thought it might look retro just thought it was old. LOL Vut retro is very good. Will post pics when I'm done. Still not 100% certain that I will paint over my faux tile. I'll see when the uppers are done. Thanks for your input. Much appreciated.

  • Diane Diane on Dec 11, 2016
    i bought some Rustoluem matte white. Thinking that's what I'll do. Never thought of retro but someone else mentioned that and I like the retro look so this might work out just fine. Will'post pics when I'm done.

  • Kat964884 Kat964884 on Dec 12, 2016
    I would cover the ceiling and the light fixture with newspaper leaving the frame exposed and spray-painted