We often spray paint things for both blog DIY and personal projects. It’s the quickest, easiest way to freshen up or personalize something from a thrift shop. It’s also a great way to make things match your space! But why am I rambling about the virtues of spray painting. You guys know! 😀 So, let’s talk about what brands of paint work the best because they aren’t all created equally. If you’ve ever needed 5+ coats of spray paint to cover a surface, you know how annoying it is to let it dry between each coat and how gummy and thick it can be. The better the paint, the less coats you should need!
We’ve tried them all. And our favorite spray paints are quick coverage (for minimal coats) with a beautiful finished color. Today I thought it would be fun to quickly share our top two favorite gold spray paints.
Our favorite —>
The first place winner goes to Valspar’s Brilliant Metallic (no longer available, but here’s our new favorite!) gold spray paint. The first time we tried this stuff, we were pretty blown away at how quickly and how evenly it covered objects. Smooth surfaces or bumpy surfaces—it didn’t seem to matter to this paint. Things that I thought for sure would need multiple coats only needed one. So that also saves on the amount you have to buy for a project. It’s a win-win! Make sure to let the paint totally dry (for even a couple of days if you can) before really handling the piece, otherwise you’ll get a few fingerprints in the paint. The gold tone is a warmer gold and it’s not a super shiny finish, so it’s better for larger items that you want to look gold, but not too gaudy. If you want a shinier surface to your gold, then I would suggest…
Runner up —>
This Krylon Premium Metallic Spray Paint is a pretty close second to the Valspar paint. In fact, it covers just as well as the first place winner, but it’s got a much shinier finish and almost looks reflective on smooth, flat surfaces. Depending on the finish you want, that could be good or bad, but it looks amazing on small objects and makes them appear much more expensive (it’s what I used on the planters in the photos). Again, let the paint really dry to avoid marring the shiny surface with your fingers, but you’ll be happy with the results.
If you have strong opinions about spray paint, air’em out here in the comments! xx. Elsie
Credits// Author: Elsie Larson, Photography: Laura Gummerman. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess Actions.