How to Turn Sheet Metal to a Bronze Color


Use painted sheet metal to provide flare to your home decor. Turning sheet metal to a bronze color is a fairly simple task to complete for those with painting experience. Many paint manufacturers sell paints that provide metallic appearances. Benjamin Moore, for instance, sells a metallic glaze in bronze. Pick a color and get to work. Create a back splash for your kitchen sink or change the appearance of your heating ducts. Using the technique provides many options for customized decorative effects in your home.

Things You'll Need

  • Sandpaper or steel wool
  • Paintbrush or roller
  • Primer
  • White vinegar
  • Bronze-colored paint
  • Use a high-grit sandpaper or steel wool to roughen the surface of the sheet metal you plan to paint. This will allow the primer and paint to adhere. Use white vinegar to clean the surface when sanding is completed.

  • Prime the surface with a galvanized metal primer. Galvanized metal primers are available from companies like Rust-Oleum and Valspar at many home improvement stores. Follow instructions provided by the primer's manufacturer to determine drying time.

  • Clean the surface with white vinegar once drying is complete. Dilute the vinegar slightly with water to preserve the newly primed surface.

  • Paint the sheet metal. Experiment with different types of strokes and different sized brushes to achieve textured effects. Use a roller if you'd prefer to finish the task quickly and achieve a smooth finish. Provide at least one additional coat once the paint has dried.

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