Hammerite Instructions

Updated February 21, 2017

Hammerite is a company that makes paints and finishes that are applied to metal. This paint or finish is also suitable for plastic and wood surfaces if a primer is used first. Applying Hammerite to the surface of metal can be done with a brush or a spray can. However, you need to first prepare the metal before applying the coating. Materials required can be obtained at your local home improvement centre or hardware store.

Scrape off any flakes of metal or paint from the surface using the wire brush.

Remove the lid of the Hammerite paint can with the flathead screwdriver. Stir the paint thoroughly using the paint stirrer.

Dip the paint brush into the can of paint about 1/4-inch. Apply a thin layer of paint evenly to the surface of the metal. Repeat this process to complete the first coat.

Apply an additional three coats of the Hammerite for thick coverage of the paint. Allow each coat to dry thoroughly before applying the next.

Set the spray can of Hammerite on a bench or table and leave it for at least two hours prior to use to make sure it is at room temperature.

Remove any flaking metal or paint from the metal with a wire brush.

Shake the can of paint up and down for three minutes after hearing the ball bearing or agitator inside of the can move.

Hold the spray can at least six inches away from the metal. Press the button on top of the can and apply even coats by moving the nozzle side to side. Allow to dry thoroughly. Repeat this process to apply two or three coats of paint.


Invert the spray can and spray for at least two seconds after each coat and when finished painting to clear the nozzle.


Work in an area that has adequate ventilation. Wear disposable gloves, eye protection and a ventilator mask. Protect adjacent areas with dust sheets.

Things You'll Need

  • Wire brush
  • Flathead screwdriver
  • Paint stirrer
  • Paint brush
  • Eye protection
  • Ventilator mask
  • Disposable gloves
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Cameron Easey has over 15 years customer service experience, with eight of those years in the insurance industry. He has earned various designations from organizations like the Insurance Institute of America and LOMA. Easey earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and history from Western Michigan University.