It‘s easy to give a metal lamp a brand new look with spray paint. Here‘s how to do it.
Tip: Spray cans are premixed paint – choose a brand with a built-in primer, then pick your colour and finish. You can choose from gloss (which has a shiny finish), satin (for medium shine), or flat (for a matte finish).
Safety tip: Always wear the appropriate safety equipment (safety glasses, disposable gloves and a mask, for example) and always follow the instructions for the product or equipment. Work in a well-ventilated area when working with spray paint.
Before getting started, read the product instructions and put on any required safety equipment. (A mask, safety glasses and gloves are recommended for spray painting.)
Cover surrounding areas with a drop cloth to avoid overspray. A ‘paint booth’ (a large cardboard box with the front cut away for access) is a handy D.I.Y. tool for this project.
Make sure the lamp is unplugged. Wipe over it with a microfibre cloth so the surface is clean and dry.
Remove the lightbulb and mask around all electrical elements with painter’s tape to prevent moisture seeping into them. (This includes the electrical cord, socket and switch.) Mask off any other areas you don’t want to paint.
Apply a metal primer first to ensure the final paint is smooth and true to colour. Read the instructions on the back of the can carefully. Shake the can for at least two minutes after it begins to rattle to mix up the paint.
Before starting on the lamp, do a test on cardboard. If the paint is watery, continue shaking the can until the primer distributes consistently.
Position the lamp in the booth and apply primer with even strokes. Hold the can at 45°, about 250mm away, keeping the nozzle square and the same distance from the surface at all times.
Leave the primer to dry, touching it to test in an inconspicuous area.