How to Bake Enamel Paint


Baked enamel paint can provide a tough coating on a surface, although if applied incorrectly, the coating can chip off easily. Craft projects make extensive use of baked-on enamel paint. For home use, choose projects small enough to fit into an oven. Use air-dry enamel paint for larger applications.

Things You'll Need

  • Alcohol
  • Enamel paint
  • Paint sprayer or brush
  • Oven or kiln
  • Thoroughly wash and dry the surface to be painted. Rub alcohol over the surface to remove any grease or residue.

  • Stir or shake the paint before applying. Spray or apply a very thin layer of paint over the surface. Do not use spray enamel in temperatures lower than 50 degrees. Do not use enamel paint on eating utensils.

  • Bake medium to large objects in the oven for 30 minutes at 350 degrees F. Bake small projects at 325 degrees F for at least 10 minutes or at 300 degrees F for at least 20 minutes. Check the time on the paint instructions as some brands differ in their baking time.

  • Allow the baked enamel to cool and apply a second coating of enamel paint, if desired, repeating the baking directions in Step 3.

Tips & Warnings

  • Read the instructions on the enamel paint. Some air dry enamel paint brands release toxic fumes if baked.

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