How to Create a Brushed Metal Effect With Rustoleum

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How to Create a Brushed Metal Effect With Rustoleum
Many surfaces in a home can benefit from a brushed metallic finish. (Ryan McVay/Photodisc/Getty Images)

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
  • Sandpaper
  • Wire brush
  • Utility knife or scraper
  • Primer
  • Painter's Touch Brushed Metallic paint
  • Paint brush
  • Sea sponge, paper towel, rag or 1/2-inch nap roller

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  1. 1

    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.

  2. 2

    Remove any loose rust or peeling paint using a wire brush, utility knife or sandpaper, making the surface as smooth as possible.

  3. 3

    Apply a primer coat with a brush, and allow to dry completely.

  4. 4

    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.

  5. 5

    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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