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Ok, Ive become a spray painting ‘pro’ and sold tons of my gold painted mason jars! Ive tried some various paints and found out they were total ‘fake’ outs, not really gold at all! I will say first things first!! Don’t go by the color of the cap, always check the label on the back! Been there, done that, don’t do it! ha ha. Ive come home with silver…
Now, on to what is the best gold spray paint Ive tried. Ive use 3 different brands and four different kinds. Rustoleum is the winner. Winner, winner, chicken dinner! Rustoleum has two kinds of gold, the green can in their ‘Metallic’ line and one in the white can that seems to be their ‘standard’ paint.
(the white can in the picture above isn’t the gold but, its what the can looks like) I cannot tell the difference between the two, all I know is the Rustoleum brand has a more traditional yellow gold color. Both cans work great.
Ive used Krylons Gold and Valspars Gold, so not gold! More like a bronzed golden copper, while some nice color its not the gold you’ll be looking for if you like the yellow gold. Krylons is a rose gold color. Its hard to tell from the picture but the Rustoleum has the nice gold and looks so much better in person. They all do have a shinny finish.
I’ll eventually try some other brands in gold and update this post. I have tried the Design Master top coat and liked it. It has a better smell, smells almost like hair spray. I will try some of their colors.
Some spray paint experience in general and painting tips!
-Rustoleum by far beats out other brands as far as coverage and color choices in my opinion. Valspar has some great colors Rustoleum doesn’t offer, great pastels. I also like the way it sprays, its more fool proof for dripping, and it has a nicer smell as well. No caps either, I end up having caps all over! ha ha! It doesn’t really have the coverage power the Rustoleum has though.
-Krylon has great colors but, its junk, you’ll go through twice as much paint! They did good with metallic and their Looking Glass. They did an A++ job on the Looking Glass! I hope they introduce some other colors using this formula. Their regular colors need serious improvement, its runny. They do have some formulas I haven’t tried but, the one with all the fun colors, not so much… I swear Ive needed 8-10 coats to get coverage!
-Light coats in a 12-15in distance is best. Doing light coats prevents any dripping. Usually two coats of paint works if you use the better paints. Some need a third but, I find its hit or miss with the colors. The mattes seem to need a third coat no matter what the brand. With the mist like spray using Valspars brand you can spray much closer and you get a better coverage.
-Looking Glass paint is a mirror like finish. Has a vintage look. Mercury glass. It can be sprayed on the outside and the inside of glass. Shake the can, shake till you cant shake no more! Ha ha! This paint needs constant shaking.
Ive read tutorials on Looking Glass, my methods… Ive used plain ole water or Windex to get the aged look. Worked just fine for me. This paint is Very toxic and must be sprayed in a very well ventilated area. Its so much stronger than traditional spray paint. Definitely keep 12-15 inches away with light sweeping strokes. This paint is ‘sensitive’. The picture above is the Looking Glass paint. You cant clear coat it on the outside, well you can but, it dulls the finish a bit.
-Gloss colors tend to take longer to dry over matte and satin finishes.
-Dont want a gloss but, its the perfect color? Use a matte or satin finish clear coat. Do it the other way around if you want a gloss finish on a matte paint.
-I have found I can spray paint when its 25 degrees out with no issues. I spray out side on something portable so I can bring them inside to cure where its warmer. Ive even let them sit outside in the cold to dry with no issues either. Just don’t let the paint can get too cold.
-Baking in the oven at 150-200 degrees for about 30 minutes is excellent, its really smooths the paint finish, specially glossy colors. Gives it a better curing. Paint takes at least two months to Really cure. The longer the better. You must put them in the oven while the paint is wet. I usually only do this for gloss finishes.
-When you clear coat the metallic paints it dulls the finish a bit, even with a high gloss top coat. With silver it totally ruins the finish. You’ll have to spray another quick coat of silver over the top coat. I do find I like the bit duller look though with the copper and golds, I think it still looks great.
-Shake your can to death specially after the can has been sitting. If you don’t, it can have chunky or uneven paint spraying out. Always do a light shake again between coats. Really shake the metallic paints.
-Cheap paint is just that, Cheap. You get what you pay for, you’ll spend twice as much to get coverage and have to do quadruple the coats to get any coverage. Spend the money on the better paint, its a night and day difference! Work smarter not harder! Many great colors for less than $5 a can.
-You can paint just about anything on the planet with spray paint! lol You can paint glass!! Just make sure its clean and dry. Make sure you use top coats to help resist chipping and scratches. Its certainly not fool proof; painted glass should be used more for decor purposes and handled more carefully. Many surfaces that are painted can easily chip, glass is just a bit more sensitive to it. Certainly usable just be gentle. You can do a light washing with painted glass, just NO soaking and scrubbing!
-Lowes carries the Valspar brand and Rustoleum but, the Rustoleum selection is very lacking there for color, mostly neutral. I found Home Depot very limited for selection. Anything I ever bought at Walmart seemed to be weird… Buying at the craft stores is almost double the price over the hardware store for the same exact can of paint! The craft stores do carry some random formulas I haven’t found at the hardware stores like the Looking Glass, stained glass formulas, and glitter sprays.
I haven’t hit Ace or True Value yet but, I buy most of my paints at Valu Hardware, they have a Huge selection of colors local to me. I never knew Rustoleum actually made so many colors and styles of paints! Im in my glory at Valu they have so many colors… what to pick… what to pick!
What paints have you tried? I know there are other brands floating around!02/05/2014
Hows this cold we have here in NY right now? Im done with it! This cold spell can move on! We havent had such a really low temperature cold spell for this long…
Well, lets warm up a bit! Im going to share some fun painted mason jars! A little Easter pastels! Lets think of spring! You can visit my Etsy store if you like to add some painted mason jars to your life!
On to some pictures!
Some pink! Just shipped a set to NYC and she went to SU! Small world, ey?
Love this color. I call it Dusty Plum.
Some soft yellow, aqua, light blue, mint, ivory, and pink. They would work great for a baby shower. Centerpieces or use for straws and silverware.
I hope you enjoyed and thought of spring even if it was just a moment in the single digit NY cold!!01/25/2014
Ok lets talk wedding!! Some of you may know I sell on Etsy. During my time there so far Ive come across some fabulous sellers with great items for your wedding! I love small business and support any one of them, Im a small business too. I thought it would be perfect to share some wedding related finds for couples browsing my blog! Over time I will add more posts about fab finds on my Etsy journey. I love all things vintage and romantic so Im going to start off with sellers that offer romantic vintage looking wedding accessories.
Looking for a matching set for your bridal party? A matching set for yourself? Something simple yet oh so sweetly romantic? Well, if you said yes to any of those questions visit Five Little Jems romantic wedding jewelry on Etsy! Holly came from the boring office job to full time handmade jewelry maker! How awesome is that? Do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life! I think her store is just lovely, well organized, and offers quality for a good price.
Of course I had to feature turquoise colored because ya know… the turquoise color junkie I am… ha ha!
Here is a seller that specializes in handmade wedding hair pieces. Who doesn’t love a fabulous a romantic hair piece? A little whimsy, some sparkle, or some romance? A special added touch to your gorgeous wedding day locks! Tammy went from cosmetologist to bridal accessories extraordinaire! Now a full time small business owner with her company Fancie Strands.
Fancie Strands has been featured in several blogs and magazines. DIY Weddings Magazine, Lovely Clusters, Emmaline Bride, Green Wedding Shoes, Grey Likes Weddings, and Chautauqua Wedding. Visit her website or on Etsy!
Now lets talk ridiculously gorgeous handmade vintage style statement pieces. Oh my do I love the vintage look and vintage items! Im drooling because Im vintage obsessed! Sparkly vintage romance, Im in love… Gosh, I could use so many pieces in glam style photo shoots! ha ha! Do you think she will let me borrow some?
Enrich by Millie makes some wonderful handmade romantic vintage necklaces and sashes. Beautiful beading and jewels. Are you doing a vintage look for your wedding? You can visit her website or on Etsy.12/03/2013
Reverend Anne needed a new logo to brand the future of her business, shes based in Florida. Oh how I would like to be there now! its cold here! Shes such a nice professional lady, we were introduced on Wedding Wire. We went with a simple book like design for her new look.
You can visit her website here: http://www.brevardminister.com. If you are in Florida and getting married look Anne up! Even if you cant book with her she will help along in the right direction!12/03/2013
Nate and Cristy were married at The Frog and Pond out in Skaneateles NY. Its a bed and breakfast place but, they do weddings and have this great barn like reception area. What a lovely rustic venue! I was in my glory, specially since they had mason jars!!! ha ha Im a mason jar lover! The mother of the groom was the florist, her shop is Flowers Down Under. She sent me home with two mason jars filled with flowers! It was the coolest, they were gorgeous!
Too bad it rained that day and the ceremony had to be moved inside and couldn’t explore the grounds as much. It still turned out to be a fabulous day none the less. They were just too darn cute! Here are some of my favorites from the day and some detail shots.10/22/2013
Some of you may have browsed my site or read my blog and noticed I sell on Etsy; Ive always been a total craft geek. Well before I ever picked up a camera! Part of what I make are wedding and party centerpieces. Mainly from up-cycled items. Working in the wedding industry already it seemed fitting to work with couples looking to find cute affordable centerpieces. Im such a goo ball for wedding stuff! ha ha I love it!
One of my brides sent me a photo from her wedding. I hope others send me photos, I love when I get them! Life gets busy so its awesome Lindsey took the time to send a photo! This is the full blog post from her professional photographer. Did she not look amazing or what? Their fabulous photographer Tiffany Maxfield- Lindsey & Zack.10/09/2013