I have started the task of spray painting all of the tacky brass door knobs and hinges in my house. I can handle the brassiness no more! I know everyone’s question will be:
“But how does it hold up over time?“
Because I knew you’d ask, I called the big dogs. Literally.
The representative from Krylon said, “The key to longevity is proper application and experienced spray painting. Prep the surface correctly and avoid applying too much spray. Let it cure for 3 days before touching to allow the chemicals to fully harden.”
The representative from Rustoleum said, “Make sure you clean the surface well with soap and water, and sand it. Then use Clean Metal Primer. Applying a clear coat is optional but will give you an extra layer of protection. I did this in my grandma’s house over three years ago, and they still look great.”
Now, I know this task may seem overwhelming to some of you, considering I have 18 doors in my house. However, even at a sweet deal, it would cost a minimum of $300 to replace just the knobs, not to mention the hinges.
So, what should a DIY enthusiast do? Spray paint door knobs, of course. I am going to take my time and paint one room a day. I don’t want to get impatient and cut corners, which I know I will tend to do if I rush.
How To Spray Paint Door Knobs
Here’s a step-by-step guide to spray paint door knobs, whether they’re interior or exterior door knobs:
Using a screw driver or power drill, unscrew all the hinges and knobs, being very careful not to lose anything.
Wash them with soap and water. I recommend using soap-soaked steel wool to clean them thoroughly. Let them dry. You can place them on a piece of cardboard for easy drying and avoid misplacing any of them.
Sand! Sand! Sand! I used a 150-grit Sandblaster pad from 3M because the sponge is flexible and can reach all the nooks and crannies. Sand every inch! You need a roughed-up surface. Do not skip this step. Sand. Did I mention sand? If you want the paint to stick, THEN SAND, FOR GOODNESS SAKE.
Wipe off all the dust created from sanding because you sanded really well, right? Let it dry, and then flip your pieces over and spray the other side.Following the directions between the coats of spray paint, allow enough time for the spray paint to dry. Make sure you spray from the directed distance away from your indoor or outdoor knobs. Light coats of paint are better than one thick coat. Take your time and lightly spray to avoid drips and achieve a professional finish. I used Krylon’s Brushed Metallic in a Satin Nickel.
Spray everything, including the screws. I stuck mine in Styrofoam to keep them in place while spraying.
I let them dry for a few hours before installing them. I would suggest waiting (if you can possibly handle it) for 3 days before installing them. I did not, but do as I say, not as I do 😉
I am absolutely thrilled with the updated look. The Brushed Metallic paint has little flecks of shimmer that make it look so pretty and natural. Goodbye brass, hello class!
Two down, 16 more to go!
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Maintenance Tips for Painted Door Knobs
Once you’re done with the process of spray painting, your task isn’t over yet. You have to make sure you maintain the painted door knobs by doing the following:
Perform Gentle Cleaning
To keep your painted door knobs fresh and vibrant, regularly clean them using a soft, damp microfiber cloth or sponge. Avoid using abrasive cleaners or scrub brushes that could damage the painted surface.
Also, steer clear of harsh chemicals, solvents, or strong cleaning agents. These substances can strip away the paint coat or cause it to fade over time. Stick to mild soap and water for gentle cleaning.
Handle Your Spray Painted Knobs With Care
Treat your painted door knobs with care to prevent chipping or scratching the paint coat. Avoid using excessive force when turning or operating the knobs. Additionally, refrain from hanging heavy items or applying undue pressure on the knobs to ensure their longevity.
Perform Regular Inspections
Periodically inspect the painted door knobs for any signs of wear or damage. If you notice any chips or scratches on the paint, touch them up with matching paint color or consider repainting the affected areas to maintain a consistent appearance.
Practice Protective Measures
To provide extra protection, you can apply a clear fresh coat or sealant over the painted surface of the door knobs. This additional layer acts as a barrier against everyday wear and tear, helping to extend the lifespan of the paint job.
By following these maintenance tips, you can ensure that your painted door knobs retain their beauty and durability over time. With proper care, they will continue to enhance the aesthetic appeal of your doors and contribute to stylish home decor.
The Power of Spray-Painted Door Knobs
Spray painting door knobs has been a game-changer for me as a DIY enthusiast. It’s a budget-friendly way to ditch the tacky brass and embrace a stylish home.
Following the advice of experts, I prepped the surfaces, sanded like crazy, and applied light coats of quality spray paint for doorknobs. The transformation is incredible!
Not only did I save hundreds of dollars by avoiding replacements, but I also achieved a professional finish that adds class to every room. With a little maintenance, these painted knobs will continue to impress.
Say goodbye to nasty brass doorknobs and hello to a personalized, affordable upgrade!