How to Coat a Ring

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Coating your ring with primer and strippable coating makes for more professional looking work.

You can easily and inexpensively customize, refurbish or change the look of your rings by painting them. While you may have no qualms about haphazardly painting your dollar store jewelry to meet your fashion whims, you need to exercise more care when painting your more valuable metal and brass rings or rings that feature gemstones or decorative features that you do not want painted. There are two different times during the ring painting process that you need to apply a coating: when you coat a ring with primer to ensure a long-lasting paint job and when you apply strippable coating to a ring’s stones or decorative features to keep from ruining them with paint.

Things You'll Need

  • Newspaper
  • Water
  • Dish soap
  • Heavy-duty scour pad
  • Scissors
  • Spray-on primer
  • Disposable bowl
  • Small round paintbrush
  • Strippable coating
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  1. Coating with Primer

    • 1

      Cover your work surface with newspaper.

    • 2

      Clean your ring with warm water and dish soap to remove dirt, oil and other impurities. Let the ring air dry or gently dry it with a dry, lint-free cloth.

    • 3

      Rub the inside and outside surface of the ring with a coarse or heavy-duty scour pad if the ring has a high-polish finish. You may need to cut the pad with heavy-duty scissors in order to create a strip of pad small enough to reach all of the ring's nooks and crannies.

    • 4

      Spray all of the surfaces of the ring that you intend to paint with a spray-on primer. Let the ring air dry for at least one hour before applying paint.

    Using Strippable Coating

    • 5

      Pour a small amount of strippable coating into a disposable bowl.

    • 6

      Dip a small round paintbrush in the strippable coating. Brush a thick coat of the strippable coating in one direction onto the area of the ring you want to protect from paint. Wait for the coat to dry. Apply a second coat of the strippable coating perpendicular to the direction of the first coat.

    • 7

      Wait for the strippable coating to completely dry. Drying times vary with the thickness of your coat, the amount of surface area covered and the temperature and humidity levels of the place where you are working.

    • 8

      Apply primer to your ring. After the primer dries, apply paint to your ring, taking care to avoid the areas covered with strippable coating as much as possible.

    • 9

      Wait for the paint to dry and then peel off the strippable coating with your fingers.

    • 10

      Wash your paint brush and store any remaining strippable coating in its original container in a cool dry place.

Tips & Warnings

  • Spray the primer in a well-ventilated area to avoid inhaling any toxic fumes.

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