Looking to Spray Paint over Enamel! (Metal Sconce)


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Old 09-19-12, 10:37 AM
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Looking to Spray Paint over Enamel! (Metal Sconce)

Hello! First time poster. I recently purchased two bright red metal wall sconces that I'd like to paint over (I want them a nice pumpkin orange color!)

Ive been reading a lot about how to paint over enamel, but I'm still pretty confused on what I should do.

Before looking into how to do this, I bought some of the Rustoleum Painters Touch spray paint in the perfect orange color. I can return it if need be, but I'd like to be sure of what I need before I go back to the store (the employees in the NYC Home Depot aren't the most helpful/knowledgeable, so I like to arrive prepared hehe)

Please let me know if you have any experience or advice about spray painting over enamel. I will sand, prime or strip if I need to, but the last thing I want to do is ruin the sconces by trying something that wont work.

Thanks so much and sorry for the lengthy post!

(heres a link to the sconces so you can see what exactly i'm trying to cover up: http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/urban...entid=SALE_APT)
 
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Old 09-19-12, 01:51 PM
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One of the paint pro's should be along, in the meantime I'll opine.

My first concern would be how hot the fixture gets from the bulb, although I notice it's only rated for 40w. Compact fluorescent would probably be best; save on electricity and keep the temp down.

For surface prep I think you could simply give it a cleaning - alcohol or thinner - and paint away. You could give it a light sanding as well, but I don't know that it's going to be a big deal. Pay attention to recoat times if you are going to put more than one coat on.
 
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Old 09-19-12, 03:21 PM
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Cleaning like TG said is probably all that is needed but it never hurts to sand. Not heavy duty sanding - just a quick scuff sand with 220 grit.
 
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Old 09-20-12, 08:22 AM
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Wink

thanks for the help!!! - I will def give the sconces a cleaning and a light sand. My main concern was with the paint type that I would be using (the rustoleum painters touch spray paint, which says it is oil based) and if i would need a primer or not.

 
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Old 09-20-12, 09:05 AM
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Primer is only needed for raw substrates, adhesion issues or stains non of which should apply to your project.
 
 

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