Brushed metal is the name given to any metallic surface that has been brushed to a dull sheen. It can be a marbled textured surface or one that shows definite brush strokes, but the end result is that it creates a matt finish rather than a shiny metallic one, giving the surface an air of refined opulence. The Rustoleum Company offers a product called Painter's Touch Brushed Metallic in three colours (gold, platinum and champagne) in a water-based formula that allows for easy cleanup.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Soap and water
- Wire brush
- Utility knife or scraper
- Painter's Touch Brushed Metallic paint
- Paint brush
- Sea sponge, paper towel, rag or 1/2-inch nap roller
Clean the area to be painted thoroughly, using soap and water. Remove all dirt, grease and oil. Do not use chemical solvents, as they leave behind a residue that will affect your paint application.
Remove any loose rust or peeling paint using a wire brush, utility knife or sandpaper, making the surface as smooth as possible.
Apply a primer coat with a brush, and allow to dry completely.
Test the paint application on a sample board. Each technique will produce a different effect, so experiment with a sea sponge, paper towel, paper bag, dry paint brush or a rag to find the look that's right for your project.
Stir the paint thoroughly to distribute the metal throughout the paint. Brush on a small area, no larger than 12-by-12 inches square, and used your desired technique before the paint has a chance to set up completely.
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