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Can You/Should You Paint Over Brass? (How-to)

Brass is used on many items throughout the home. It is often found in fixtures, but it can be found in larger areas as well. If you need a fresh look, can you paint over brass?

It is possible to paint over brass and the paint will last a long time if you prepare the surface properly. This may include etching the surface, either by scuffing it lightly with sandpaper or using a self-etching primer.

Metallic tube brass

When you have a brass fixture in your home, it’s important to look carefully at it and determine if it is solid brass or if it is just brass plated. There is a significant difference and it will make a difference in how you approach painting it.

Can You/Should You Paint Over Brass?

If the piece already has brass that is peeling off the surface and the steel or zinc underneath is showing, it’s easy to tell that it is brass plated. On the other hand, if the brass is still in good condition, you may need to take a closer look.

The easiest way to do this is to scratch the surface in an inconspicuous area. Brass plating is not very thick, so you will quickly get below it and into the other metal, which will be a silver color.

If you scratch the surface and it still looks like a brass color, then you may be dealing with a solid piece. On the other hand, it may just be an area of the plating that is overly thick.

In either case, proper preparation of the surface is going to be essential for getting the paint to stick. Regardless of whether it is solid or coated, brass is a very slick material. Simply putting paint on it will not do the job.

You need to rough up the surface lightly to give it a little bite so the paint will adhere properly. This is done by either lightly sanding it with some fine-grit sandpaper or you can use steel wool.

You may want to be careful that you don’t chew through the brass coating if that is the style you are painting. The brass is not only there to beautify the surface, it also helps to protect it from corrosion. Scratching through it with sandpaper will possibly cause problems in the long term.

We will talk more about preparing the surface in this article. It’s important because, without the proper preparation, you will not be able to have a long-term and quality job.

Other factors that will make a difference in the quality of the end product are the type of paint that you choose and even the type of fixture you are painting. In any case, however, making the best choices will provide you with a nice-looking end product that you can be proud of.

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Before we begin to look at some of the specifics, let’s consider a little bit about safety.

Our personal safety should never be underestimated and when we are doing any type of DIY project, we need to consider all of our senses.

Perhaps the most important factor for keeping safe is protecting our respiratory system. If you are sanding brass or spraying paint, it is going to be something that is considered carefully.

A half-mask respirator is preferred, especially if you are dealing with any type of fumes. Even a respiratory mask, such as an N95 can assist when it comes to particles. Protect your lungs by wearing a mask.

Safety glasses are also of primary concern because our eyes are so delicate and can easily be damaged. Make sure you’re using actual safety glasses and not relying on your prescription glasses.

Other types of PPE can also be worn, such as hearing protection if you are working with any machinery that would cause loud noises.

Let’s take some time to consider the specifics of painting over brass.

Can You Paint Over Brass?

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One of the most common questions, when somebody has a brass piece that needs painting, is if it is actually possible to paint over it. You don’t want to ruin the piece in the process.

Painting over brass is easy once you have prepared the surface properly. You can sand the surface or use a self-etching primer and then paint it any color you like. Painting brass is an easy way to brighten up the piece and give it a fresh look.

As we mentioned, preparing the surface in advance is one of the most important factors and it should not be underestimated. By sanding or using a self-etching primer, you are adding a little bite to the surface so the paint would adhere and will not easily peel off.

Identify the type of brass you are dealing with, whether it is solid or if it is only a brass coating. You can then proceed to paint it and give it a new look.

Should You Paint Over Brass?

Metallic bowl brass

We’ve established that it is possible to paint over brass but is it something you should consider doing? This is a different question, but it has a similar answer.

If you want to add a new look to the brass piece, there’s no reason to avoid painting over it. You can easily use a fresh coat of paint to provide a new look that will fit into the rest of your home.

Admittedly, there are many different reasons why you may consider painting over brass in the first place. The primary reason, however, is that you have a brass-plated fixture that has begun peeling.

If that is the case, you can paint over it, but you will have to pay additional attention to the preparation. Sometimes, rust and corrosion have caused the brass coating to peel and that needs to be removed and cleaned up before the primer is applied.

In addition, you may have to peel a little more of the coating off before you apply the paint. The last thing you want is for the coating to continue to peel underneath fresh paint because the fresh paint will likely peel along with it.

With the proper preparation, you can paint the brass and it really doesn’t matter why you want to do it. It’s a good idea because it gives a fresh look to something that may no longer be desirable in the home.

Can You Paint Over Brass Door Handles/Knobs/Hardware?

Door knob brass

Brass door handles and knobs can easily be painted over to add a fresh look. You can even use brass-colored paint to help freshen things up without changing the look. Preparation is the key, and it may take some time to rough up the surface but with it prepared properly, the new coat of paint will last a long time.

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Can You Paint Over Brass Fireplace Screen/Doors?

Fireplace screen brass

The brass around your fireplace on the doors and screen can be painted. You will have to prime the surface and clean it properly before using any type of paint. The proper paint selection will also make a difference, as you will have to use a high-temperature paint that can withstand the temperature of the fire.

Can You Paint Over Brass Fixtures?

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Brass fixtures sometimes need painting and you can easily add paint to give them a fresh look. Most brass fixtures are brass plated, so you have to prepare the surface carefully to ensure that the paint doesn’t peel quickly. Once prepared properly, paint on brass fixtures should last for a very long time.

Can You Paint Over Brass Lamps?

Bedroom Lamp Brass

You can paint over brass lamps but you will have to prime the surface first. The easiest way to do so is to use a self-etching primer and then you can add several light coats of spray paint to change the lamp to any color you want. It’s a great way to add a fresh look to an old piece.

Can You Paint Over Brass Plated Metal?

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Brass plated metal can be painted but you have to prepare the surface carefully. This would include removing any corrosion that may be showing, getting rid of any loose brass plating, and then either scuffing the surface or using a self-etching primer. Once the paint is applied, the old piece will have that new color for a very long time.

Can You Paint Over Brass Headboard?

Bedroom headbaord brass

An old brass headboard can look fantastic with a fresh coat of paint. You can either remove it from the room and paint it with spray paint or you can paint it with a brush, although a brush may leave some brush marks. Prior to painting the headboard, make sure that you prepare the surface by cleaning it and spraying on a self-etching primer.

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Can You Paint Over Brass Shower Doors?

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Old brass shower doors can be brightened up with a fresh coat of paint. You will have to tape off the area to avoid overspray and then prepare the surface by cleaning it carefully and using a self-etching primer. Be sure to use the proper paint, such as exterior metal acrylic latex paint so it will last a long time in that wet environment.

Can You Paint Over Brass Faucets?

Kitchen faucet brass

Old brass faucets look fantastic when they have been painted with acrylic paint. This paint can either be brushed on or sprayed, but brushing may leave some brush marks behind. Be sure to prime the surface with a self-etching primer or scuff it up with some steel wool before applying the coat of paint.

Can You Paint Over Brass House Numbers?

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If your house numbers are looking old and worn out, you can paint over them and give them a fresh, new look. Brass house numbers are likely made with plated brass, so you have to carefully prepare the surface by removing the corrosion and any loose brass plating that exists. Prime the brass house numbers with a self-etching primer before painting.

What Kind Of Paint Can You Use To Paint Over Brass?

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Now that we have considered some of the specifics about painting over brass, it’s time to consider the actual process. Perhaps the most important factor for this is choosing the right type of paint. Make sure you have this process ready by the time you’re ready to do the painting.

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You can paint over brass with any type of paint, provided the surface has been prepared properly. Paint choice is a very important factor, but you can use any gloss or type of paint, as it will all adhere to the primer that has been applied first.

Since there are so many different types of paint that can be used, you really need to consider the setting and your own personal likes and dislikes.

If you are painting over some type of fixture, you may want to use high gloss paint to get it to stand out properly. Consider the fact that in most cases, the brass was much glossier than the surrounding area to start with.

On the other hand, you can use flat paint and this is preferred by some homeowners because it is easier to work with and much more forgiving.

One other consideration is whether you’re going to brush on the paint or if you’re going to use spray paint. When painting brass, especially if you are using higher gloss paint, any brush marks are going to be easily noticeable. You will also see any imperfections in the fixture.

Spraying paint on an old brass fixture is probably the best choice because it gives a nice, fresh look without many of the imperfections that would otherwise be showing. Just make sure that you use several light coats of paint rather than trying to get it all done in one shot.

What Tools And Preparation Do You Need To Paint Over Brass

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As we have discussed many times in this article, preparing is the most important part of painting any type of brass object. Here is how to do it properly.

One important factor for painting brass is to remove the object if at all possible. It will be much easier to finish an old brass piece if it is in an area where you can paint without having to worry about overspray. If you are painting a larger item, it can be painted in place but you need to prepare the rest of the room ahead of time.

When removing the brass piece for painting, you will likely be removing some hardware, such as nails or screws. Be sure that you are placing these in an area where you will be able to easily find them when you put the piece back again.

The surface of the piece should be cleaned thoroughly before you prime it. You may even need to use a degreaser, depending upon how dirty the piece is and where it was.

Scuffing up the surface is of vital importance because it will add a bite to the primer that allows the paint to stick properly. If you scuff up the surface with steel wool or sandpaper, you can use a regular primer. Otherwise, a self-etching primer will both prime the surface and etch it at the same time. At that point, it is ready for paint.

How To Paint Over Brass Properly

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Now that the surface has been prepared properly, it’s time to apply the paint. This is something that should be done properly so that it lasts for the most time possible.

When painting brass, preparation is always the most important factor. This is true for solid brass and brass-plated items. You can scuff up the surface or use a self-etching primer to achieve the bite that will allow the paint to stick. You can then paint the piece with any type of paint, knowing it will last for a long time.

When you paint over brass, it’s always better to apply the paint in thin coats. This is true of brushing on the paint as well as using spray paint.

A big mistake that many people make when painting any fixture is they try to do it all in one shot. This can be problematic because the paint goes on too thick and it is less likely to adhere to the surface.

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Painting in thin layers and then allowing the paint to dry in between layers is important. You can always go with the manufacturer’s instructions but it never hurts to add a little time, especially if you are working in a humid area.

Now that the paint has been applied, you need to consider what will be done to protect it. In some cases, nothing is really necessary and the paint will provide the protection the piece needs. At other times, you may need to take things to a new level.

Applying a clear coat may be necessary in some cases to help protect the paint. Before applying the clearcoat, allow the paint to dry for a full 24 hours so the clearcoat will adhere properly and completely seal the piece.

Not only does a clearcoat protect the piece, but it also provides a very shiny finish that is desirable by many homeowners. In fact, a coat of enamel clearcoat makes even a flat coat of paint look like semi-gloss or full gloss paint.

You can paint over brass easily but you have to prepare the surface before doing so. This is done by either etching the surface with a self-etching primer or you can scuff the surface with steel wool or sandpaper. In either case, you can use any type of paint over a brass piece and it will last for a long time.

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