Chandeliers illuminate and add elegant centerpieces to dining rooms, foyers and living rooms. Brass chandeliers appeal to those with a penchant for shiny, gold-colored fixtures. For others, however, brass does not fit into their aesthetic tastes or design styles. Over time, brass can also retain scratches and turn dull. Remodel and refresh an outdated brass chandelier by painting it. Painting brass requires spray paint specially designed for metal. Metal spray paint comes in a wide variety of colors.
Clean the chandelier with a solution of hot water and dish soap. Cleaning will remove contaminants that may interfere with paint adhesion. Wipe down the chandelier after washing with a fresh sponge dampened with water to remove the soap residue.
Unhook, unwire or unscrew all embellishments on the chandelier, such as crystals or strands of beads. Tape over any permanent parts not to be painted, such as bulb sockets and wires.
Place the chandelier on a protected surface for painting. Work outside or in a ventilated space to avoid inhaling spray paint fumes.
Sand all brass parts of the chandelier with 220-grit abrasive. Sanding will create fine, tiny scratches, providing a "tooth" for the new paint to hold on to. After sanding, wipe down the chandelier again with a damp sponge. Allow the chandelier to dry.
Coat the chandelier with metal primer. Hold the spray can nozzle around 10 inches from the chandelier and keep the spray moving to avoid drips. Leave the primer to dry.
Paint the chandelier with two to three coats of spray paint, to ensure even coverage. Allow dry time between coats. Leave the spray paint to dry.
Spray the chandelier with two to three layers of clear spray polyurethane to create a lustrous, protective coating over the paint.
Things You'll Need:
- Dish soap
- 2 sponges
- Masking tape
- 220-grit abrasive
- Metal spray primer
- Metal spray paint
- Clear polyurethane spray finish
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