A brushed metal finish is popular in many homes. Door knobs, drawer pulls, light fixtures, faucets and even window blinds are purchased in similar brushed finishes. However, aluminium is not usually available in these types of finishes. You can create a DIY brush finish look on the aluminium in your home with spray paint. Spray paint comes in many different metallic finishes and is easy to apply. The trick to a perfect spray paint job is light layers of paint. Do not apply one heavy layer. Instead, apply the paint in two or three really light layers. The paint is less likely to drip or run and will last longer.
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Things you need
- Fine-grit sandpaper
- Clean rag(s)
- Degreasing cleanser
- Metal spray primer
- Brush finish metal spray paint
Sand the aluminium lightly with a piece of fine-grit sandpaper. The sandpaper will create a surface on the aluminium that is ready for paint adhesion.
Clean the aluminium with a clean rag and a degreasing cleanser. The purpose of this is to remove sanding dust and any grease or dirt that may be on the surface of the aluminium. Wipe away any water from the aluminium with a dry rag so the surface is dry.
Spray a light coat of metal spray primer on the aluminium. Hold the primer 12 inches from the aluminium and apply a light coat. Allow the primer to dry completely per manufacturer's directions.
Apply three light coats of brush finish metal spray paint to the aluminium. Hold the spray paint 12 inches from the aluminium and then apply the paint. Let each coat dry per manufacturer's directions before applying the next coat. Allow the final coat to cure for at least a week prior to heavy use.
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