How to Bake Enamel Paint

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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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