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How to Prepare a Metal Surface for Decoupage

Decoupage is the art of applying and sealing paper cutouts on almost any surface. You can use decoupage to decorate anything from picture frames and lamps to furniture and trays.

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  1. Wash galvanized metals with vinegar.

  2. Sand the surface lightly.

  3. Wash with alcohol.

  4. Apply metal primer.

  5. Allow the metal to dry overnight.

  6. Apply paint before you apply cutouts.

  7. Sand away rust from the surface.

  8. Run a magnet or vacuum cleaner over the surface to clean up the residue.

  9. Clean the surface with a tack rag. (See "How to Make a Tack Rag," under Related eHows.)

  10. Apply metal primer.

  11. Allow the surface to dry overnight.

  12. Apply paint before you apply cutouts.

  13. Warning

    If using paint on the metal surface, be sure to use a rust-resistant variety.

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Things You'll Need

  • Brushes
  • Denatured Alcohol
  • Tack Rags
  • Paints
  • Vacuum Cleaners
  • Vinegar
  • Magnets
  • Metal Primer
  • Sandpaper
  • Vacuum cleaners

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