How to Paint Gold Fixtures

Gold fixtures are often used in living room lighting or in bathrooms. Gold fixtures can lose their lustre over time, resulting in a dull appearance. You can paint these fixtures to revitalise their appearance.

Switch off the circuit breakers that supply power to any electrical gold fixtures, such as those that house light switches. You can normally find the fuse box for your house in the basement or in a utility cupboard in the kitchen.

Fill a container with about 1 litre of water and mix in a tablespoon of mild dish soap. Mix using a stick or spoon until the mixture has a lot of suds. Remove any areas of the fixtures you don't want to paint using a screwdriver.

Clean the gold fixtures with a large wet sponge. Pay special attention to corner areas and angled areas of the fittings to ensure you remove all dust and debris.

Apply sandpaper around the gold fixture to remove corrosive damage. Place the fixture on a clean cloth and leave to dry. Cover any wires with duct tape to ensure the paint doesn't touch them. Paint can have a corrosive effect on wiring.

Lay out plastic sheeting in your yard or basement to ensure no furniture or walls are damaged during the fixture painting. Put on protective goggles and safety goggles. You should also wear a filter mask around your face to protect yourself from flying paint particles.

Cover the fixture by spraying it with a spray primer. Ensure you hold the can around 5 inches from the gold fixture to avoid trickles.

Leave the gold fixtures for about two hours, allowing the primer paint to dry. Spray with a paint finish in the colour of your choice. Leave to dry according to the instructions on the bottle. This will typically take about three hours.

Apply a second coat if you are not satisfied with the initial coat once dry. Reconnect the wiring to the light or electrical fixture and reattach the fixture. Restore panel to the circuit breaker and your new fixtures will be ready to use.

Things You'll Need

  • Plastic container
  • Dish soap and sponge
  • Screwdriver
  • Duct tape
  • Sandpaper
  • Plastic sheeting
  • Safety goggles
  • Gloves
  • Filter mask
  • Spray primer and finish
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