Best gold spray paint colors.

Best Gold Spray Paint

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Best gold spray paint.

Rust-Oleum has many shades of gold. I cannot tell the difference between the two color wise with the Rust-Oleum in the green and white can like pictured above.

I like the white can because the spray nozzle is better like pictured below.

Best gold spray paint
Best gold spray paint.

Top left to right:

Valspar, Rust-oleum Pure Gold, Design Master 24 Karat

Bottom left to right:

Krylon, Rust-oleum, Rust-oleum Mirror Effect, Rust-oleum Metallic Warm Gold

Krylons and Valspars Gold, not a yellow gold. Krylon is a blush tone gold color. Valspar is more like a bronze color, I guess maybe a golden bronze?

Anyone into to an antiqued bronze/brass/gold look Valspar gold would be up your alley. I do love the color of Krylons gold its just not yellow. I think its a ‘modernized’ gold.

Related: Rust-oleum Metallic Spray Paints

Krylon and the Design Master 24 Karat have a similar color tone.

Best gold spray paint colors.

For me, Rust-Oleum is winner winner chicken dinner as the ‘best‘ gold spray paint. Im choosing because they are yellow gold shades. Good coverage too, they all have equal coverage. I’ll go over the other colors of gold below.

Best gold spray paint colors.
Best gold spray paint colors.

I just want to note: When you clear coat most metallic paints it dulls the finish, even with a high gloss top coat. Metallics just don’t need a top coat. If you used a top coat… and bah, looks eh now.. Just spray another coat of your color over the top coat.

Fixed! Do light coats though because you don’t want your paint to wrinkle/bubble like this photo below. This usually happens because its a heavy coat and ‘too wet’ so its breaking down your other coats making it wrinkle.

Spray paint wrinkling and bubbling

Related: 25 Spray Painting Tips

Also gold will tarnish just like jewelry. Any of the shiny metal finishes will tarnish. You’ll see finger prints, water spots, etc.

Use the shiny metal finishes more for decor pieces not handled often.

Painting 15 gold mason jars for your wedding? Wear gloves to pack them up and during set up to avoid finger prints, etc. Dry water spots quickly.

Best gold spray paint colors. Rust-oleum, Krylon, Design Master.

More gold spray paint colors from Rust-oleum. Mirror Effect, Metallic Warm Gold and Pure Gold.

The Mirror Effect doesn’t look much different than their gold picture above in the post. Kind of a ‘fail’ for a mirror effect like Krylons Looking Glass or Rust-oleums Mirror Effect Silver. Both are pretty equal for the mirror look.

Related: Rose Gold Spray Paint

Spend the money on the big cans above I declared ‘winner’ if you want a yellow gold metal finish…

Rust-oleum metallic gold spray paint colors. Painted on glass mason jars.

Pictured above.

Rust-oleum Mirror Effect, Rust-oleum Metallic Warm Gold, Rust-oleum Pure Gold

I dig the Metallic Warm Gold, its more of a muted gold with a shimmer finish. Not a huge fan of the Pure Gold but, it may work for you.

The Warm Gold/Pure Gold would be recommended for things handled more often like knobs or furniture. They wont tarnish like the shiny metal gold.

Using on knobs or the like you use often you will probably have to do a touch up eventually. Nature of the beast. ha ha.

Some other pictures just to show colors.

Rustoleum gold spray painted mason jars
Rust-oleum Gold: Green Can.
Rusto-leum Gold, Copper, and Krylon Gold.
Rusto-leum Gold, Copper, and Krylon Gold.
Krylon gold spray paint.
Krylon Gold

What paints have you tried and your favorite? I know there are other brands floating around. Whats your favorite gold?

If you are looking for all the spray paint tips I moved that to its own post. Spray paint like a pro! Its a long post but filled with lots of goodies! 🙂

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Comments (151)

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    06/04/2022 at 3:08 pm Reply
  2. Aaron Fuksa

    Feels almost complete. Comparing the Montana black (gold). The goldest gold seems like mirror effect, but the pure gold might resist that tarnish look, & be tougher.

    03/28/2020 at 7:23 am Reply
  3. Michelle

    I’m late to the party but OMG! Thank you for posting these. I bought the Krylon first and was so disappointed. I was looking for a true yellowish gold. I’ve chosen Rust-oleum as the replacement and can’t wait to use it! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!

    07/15/2019 at 12:21 am Reply
    • Kelly

      You are welcome! 🙂

      08/16/2019 at 1:43 am Reply
  4. Peggy

    Any suggestions for keeping paint from rubbing off of glass vases? I use Rustoleum Mirror effect on glass vases on the outside but when I try to put them back in the case, the paint rubs off. Going to use these at a wedding in August.

    05/04/2019 at 12:51 am Reply
    • Kelly

      You may need another coat and wrap the jars in foam, paper towels, etc, something so the jars do scrape together. Its painted glass so paint scratches easier. 🙂

      05/08/2019 at 1:37 am Reply
    • Bryan

      Use oil primer first

      04/30/2021 at 4:18 am Reply
  5. Lynn

    Hi Kelly,
    I am considering painting a lace stencil on clear vases using Rust-Oleum Glitter Interior Wall Paint 32oz-Harvest Gold. Have you ever brushed painted on glass? I read the description on the website and it says it can be used on many surfaces. I am wondering how well it will cover. I was thinking this may be more cost effective than spray paint.

    03/20/2019 at 12:01 am Reply
    • Kelly

      I have painted glass with acrylic ad latex paints. Is and actual stencil or a piece of lace you are using? If lace Id use sprays personally. The paint will be just fine on glass, just make sure its nice and clean and Id top coat to minimize it coming off easier.

      03/20/2019 at 11:57 am Reply
    • Kelly

      Here are some gold acrylics just in case. 🙂

      03/20/2019 at 11:58 am Reply
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    Thank you very much for this excellent information.!!!
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    03/17/2018 at 7:13 am Reply
  10. Mary

    I love these — especially the hombre. But I’m missing the very basic DO YOU SPRAY THE INSIDE OR THE OUTSIDE?

    03/01/2018 at 11:15 pm Reply
    • Kelly

      I do the outside of the jars. 🙂

      03/10/2018 at 3:16 pm Reply
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  12. Kate

    Hiya! So…I’m spraying mason jars with Rust-Oleum mirror effect…I’m trying to do mercury glass. Well, some come out great and some rub right off…what gives?

    12/21/2017 at 11:15 pm Reply
  13. Brandon Nault

    Reporting back to let you know from my previous post, that spraying with “turtle wax express shine spray wax”, letting dry, then a gloss top coat keeps the original metallic properties…most definitely works! I let the metallic spray paint dry 24 hours, didn’t a single application of the spray wax, let dry and then top coated with a clear gloss enamel spray from a Rust-Oleum. We may have a miracle on our hands! Lol

    12/01/2017 at 4:39 am Reply
    • Kelly

      Awesome!! I’ll test this myself. Thanks for reporting back, my readers and my self apprentice it! 🙂

      12/01/2017 at 2:20 pm Reply
  14. Hey Kelly,

    These look amazing, great job! I have a few large glass plant pots in the garden that are looking a bit worse for wear so think I might try and find a pot of metallic paint similar to this and get a handheld sprayer on the job!

    Thanks for the inspiration! Carly xx

    10/31/2017 at 9:34 am Reply
  15. Jess

    Hi Kelly,
    Could you provide a link to the Rust-oleum Copper spray paint used in 2nd last photo? The jar with the party straws in it.
    Thank you in advance!!

    08/17/2017 at 4:51 pm Reply
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  17. deuxvilla

    great, post & super helpful!

    05/09/2017 at 2:10 am Reply
    • Kelly

      Thank you, Im glad it helped! 🙂

      05/14/2017 at 1:03 am Reply
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  20. Jill H

    Have you tried Krylon’s Premium 18Kt Gold Plate in Gold or Copper (as in Rose Gold)? I am trying to find a nice Rose Gold in Singapore- can’t ship spray paints from Amazon! And no shops seem to stock The Krylon Colormaster in Copper you recommended in your other post, I chanced upon the Krylon Premium 18Kt Gold Plate in Copper and wondered if you have tried it?

    02/07/2017 at 2:17 pm Reply
    • Kelly

      I have not tried those two yet but Im sure they will be just fine if you can get those colors. Im betting the copper plate is close to the Copper Metallic in my copper spray paint post. 🙂

      02/08/2017 at 3:09 pm Reply
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    • C.C. Stevens

      I’m spraying a steel car outside using the Rust-Oleum Sea Mist Pearl Metallic Universal Formula, and I want to clear coat it afterwards. How long should I wait before my base coat of Sea Mist and adding my Clear Coat of Triple Thick Rust-Oleum? I called the company and looks like the triple thick isn’t far from the automotive Rust-Oleum clear coats! Thanks for your input!

      11/12/2017 at 6:09 pm Reply
      • Kelly

        Apply it when dry but with that formula you really doesnt need to top coat. That said, if you do make sure you apply light layers of top coat so the Sea Mist doesn’t wrinkle/bubble.

        11/22/2017 at 1:52 am Reply
  32. Shawn

    Hi Kelly, I have a small aluminum screw cap I want to try spray painting – but one area I am still a bit puzzled about is durability. What kind(s) of paint should I use for a cap that will see repeated use whether it’s metallic or not? I would like a metallic style finish, but I need long lasting durability foremost. Will I need to apply a clear coat finish on top of the metallic, and if so, what kind do you recommend? (whether it’s metallic or not) I read somewhere else on your blog about the top coat dulling the metallic finish down so that’s something on my mind too. I desire the best possible results 🙂 Any help and guidance you can provide would be greatly appreciated.

    07/22/2016 at 11:05 pm Reply
    • Kelly

      Sorry for this super late reply, Im sure you figured it out by now! But for other readers Im still answering, good questions. 😀

      Rustoleum colors like in the post with the trigger heads are more durable.

      You’ll probably have to touch it up over time, its a painted surface with repeated use, just the reality of it. haha.

      You could try a foil the gloss coat it. 🙂

      10/13/2016 at 2:25 pm Reply
  33. Grace


    I tried looking but couldn’t quite find my answer. Do I need to prime wine bottles before spraying them with metallic spray paint? If so, which one do you recommend? Also, you said you prefer the Rustoleum over the Valspar brand? I just want most inexpensive and best brand that will hold. Also, how long do I need to wait to dry?

    07/13/2016 at 2:28 am Reply
    • Kelly

      Priming will only help but not necessary. Really the metallic shade will be a personal preference. Most metallics are dry enough to touch within an hour. 🙂

      10/13/2016 at 2:17 pm Reply
  34. Hi Kelly, great article!! I was wondering if you also know the best brands/s for rose gold sprays? I’m going to be spraying glass jars for my wedding and with a tight budget I’m really scared of buying heaps only to find they’re the wrong color! Looking for a ‘pinker’ tone rather than an ‘orangy ‘ copper tone if that makes any sense!? Thanks so much!! Kel 🙂

    07/11/2016 at 6:39 am Reply
    • Yara

      Having just spray painted a piggy bank with with the Krylon rose gold I can safely say you should rule that one out. It’s definitely copper looking. Turned out the same color as a penny.

      08/05/2016 at 12:39 pm Reply
    • Kelly

      A very late reply, I missed some comments on this post… but for future readers I have a rose gold post. 🙂 I just updated it recently with a another option.

      10/13/2016 at 2:14 pm Reply
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    05/25/2016 at 2:11 pm Reply
    • Kelly

      This is a very late comment, I missed a batch on this post.

      Paint away! You can spray paint anything pretty much! haha.

      10/13/2016 at 2:09 pm Reply
  39. I love spray paint!! I do wish there were a wider range of colors. I’ve learned to do several very light coats to avoid drips.

    04/26/2016 at 3:59 am Reply
  40. Dave

    Hi. I’m currently painting my old drums a green sparkle. I’m using the Rustoleum glitter spray paint. I need to put a top coat or two on as drums get moved around alot. I’m wondering if I should use a satin finish instead of gloss. I’ve seen glossy drums and you can’t really see the color.. only the lights reflecting off them. Any advice? Thank you.

    01/27/2016 at 12:02 am Reply
    • Id do 4-6 top coats for something like that, its going to be handled. You will have chipping so try to handle with care the best you can. Its drums so… you can only ‘care’ so much! ha ha. You could use the satin finish, the color will show for sure but it wont be as sparkly in person as using a gloss top coat. You’ll have less reflection, but will still have some though.

      You also may want to consider loose glitter and glue. I think it will hold up better than the spray for what you are doing. You can check out my spray vs loose glitter post, this may help you too.

      Good luck! 🙂

      01/27/2016 at 12:57 am Reply
  41. Diana

    This was very helpful!

    You should consider Amazon Ads, I’m not REALLY sure how it works, but my friend has a movie review blog and he links to buying the DVD’s on Amazon and gets a small amount of profit from that sale. Going off this review I would click a link for the spray paint and I want and be taken to amazon linked from your website.

    01/15/2016 at 9:53 am Reply
    • I’m glad it helped! 🙂 Certainly some variation with the golds! ha ha.

      Thanks for the suggestion, I actually do have Amazon linked here. 🙂 Im gradually adding it older posts. Its newer to my blog.

      Thanks for stopping by!

      01/15/2016 at 12:27 pm Reply
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  46. lauren

    i looked for krylon’s gold but could only find brass. is that the same? i want the blush toned bit in it

    12/17/2015 at 10:47 pm Reply
    • Probably not. Ive seen it called just ‘Gold’ and ‘Brilliant Gold’. Do you have a Walmart or Valu Home near you? I find that Krylon gold at those two places near me.

      12/17/2015 at 11:26 pm Reply
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  50. Jaclyn

    Hi! I used the Valspar metallic gold on a project and it came out too gold for me. I and looking for a lighter gold. Does the Krylon gold have a special name? Or is it just Krylon Gold. This is the color I am looking for if you have any suggestions.

    thank you!!

    12/07/2015 at 7:01 am Reply
    • The Krylon is a lighter gold but it has a blush tone to it. Its a nice modernized gold shade. Its either called just ‘Gold’ or ‘Brilliant Gold’ on the can. The cans look the same and so is the color. It looks just like the can in the opening of the post.

      Rust-oleum is a lighter gold too but its a yellow gold. I hope this helps! 🙂

      12/07/2015 at 8:51 am Reply
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  56. Jaclyn

    I want to spray paint a hard plastic mirror. Do you recommend a primer before? Its a shiny black color right now. I wanted to paint it the bush gold

    10/09/2015 at 2:19 pm Reply
    • Me personally, I wouldnt prime, the paint should cover just fine on the plastic. 🙂

      10/09/2015 at 2:30 pm Reply
  57. Catherine

    Hi, I’m really in love with the Rustoleum Copper metallic (the gorgeous rose gold colour) but can’t find it in the UK! Do you think this is the same one? There are two versions, ‘copper metallic’ with an ‘elegant’ finish, or ‘bright copper metallic’ with a more shiny finish. Which would you say is the one to go for? I can’t find any swatches/examples anywhere!

    10/06/2015 at 4:53 am Reply
    • That color looks like it will be more of a yellow gold over a rose gold. Have you checked the hardware stores in your area? Or do you have any craft stores like here in the US?

      10/07/2015 at 2:15 pm Reply
      • Catherine

        There’s a craft store called Hobby Craft, and also DIY stores that sell a really wide variety of spray paint. I hate buying in those places, but could always ask if I can spray samples maybe :/

        10/19/2015 at 6:52 am Reply
        • I know those craft store get you on the prices. :/ Do they do coupons in the UK? If I buy at the craft stores here I use coupons, our craft stores usually have a coupon every week for one item at 40% off. The stores have phone apps I can pull the coupons up on my phone. Hopefully they offer something like that there. 🙂

          10/19/2015 at 8:23 am Reply
  58. Irene

    I am painting mason jars for my nephews wedding. I need a metallic gold, which is the best brand? And what can I do to prep, before I paint? Thanks

    09/26/2015 at 10:01 pm Reply
    • My favorite is Rustoleum brand for gold. Just make sure everything is clean and dry. 🙂 Handle the jars carefully. When bringing to the venue wrap gently and use cardboard or the like between the jars so they wont clank together, the paint can chip easily. Good luck and I hope the wedding is fabulous!

      10/07/2015 at 2:12 pm Reply
  59. Those turned out great! Spray paint makes everything better, doesn’t it!? 🙂

    08/26/2015 at 8:49 am Reply
    • Thank you. It sure does, it can fix anything! 😀

      10/07/2015 at 2:05 pm Reply
  60. Kristi

    Hi, I’m trying to paint a mason jar metallic gold (Valspar). When I sprayed it I loved how it looked but then I noticed the paint could easily be scratched off. I then used a acrylic sealer and it did something weird to the color and I didn’t like it so much. How do you get the metallic colors to stay on without messing up the color? Do you heat set it in the oven, if so do you do it right after you paint it or do you have to wait a certain time before putting it in the oven? TIA

    08/20/2015 at 9:26 am Reply
    • Spray paint scratches easily on glass, its just the way it is. You just to handle carefully. 🙂 Top coats turns metallic weird. Spray another quick coat of metallic over the top coat so it looks good again.

      10/07/2015 at 2:01 pm Reply
  61. Hi,

    Love the article, well constructed and thought out, you should check out these guys they have excellent paints for gold chrome. Excellent point made throughout.

    08/13/2015 at 7:06 pm Reply
  62. Hi – can you tell me how to remove fingerprints after painting w/ silver metallic on wood?

    08/08/2015 at 3:37 pm Reply
    • Maybe try a jewelry cleaner? A non toxic one.

      10/07/2015 at 1:56 pm Reply
    • Amy

      Did you get an answer? I’ve painted metal letters s d fingerprints keep appearing – as soon as it’s pained so it much be from the oil of the fingers ? But unsure how to repair/prevent

      01/26/2016 at 5:16 pm Reply
      • You could try gold enamel paint or the gold leafing sheets. 🙂 The gold spray paint surely leaves finger prints. Maybe use glove to handle the piece so you wont leave finger prints. Ive done another coat to hide the prints too, then handle with care so I dont leave prints again.

        01/27/2016 at 12:00 am Reply
  63. Lisa

    I am about to paint a little wood table in Valspar’s La Fonda Mirage. Do you have any tips for painting wood, compared to painting metal and glass? In a post I saw, the blogger used a paste wax to seal it. Any thoughts?


    08/03/2015 at 10:31 am Reply
    • A top coat or wax should work. Id go for the wax. 🙂

      10/07/2015 at 1:55 pm Reply
  64. Erykah

    So the top link high heat does that come out satin? It looks metallic but maybe as you mentioned in your post they appear differently

    08/02/2015 at 7:58 pm Reply
  65. Erykah

    Nevermind I see the link:)

    08/02/2015 at 7:52 pm Reply
  66. Erykah

    Thanks for your fast reply!!
    Can those be found at Home Depot or lowes?

    08/02/2015 at 7:51 pm Reply
  67. erykah

    Hi, I’m painting some antique metal dresser pulls for a project I’m refinishing and I’m looking into painting the pulls a satin copper color. Do you have any suggestions on a spray that would be best? Some of the paints you show above have that bronzed look but deceiving because the can says gold. What can you suggest? I know I definitely want it a soft copper color. thanks

    08/02/2015 at 6:53 pm Reply
  68. Veronica

    Thanks for this very helpful information. We just purchased a new home and I am going crazy with spray painting ideas. I bought krylon metallic copper because it was the only copper that looked like what I want (ummmm…totally based on the cap colour…but I have found that the rustoleum metallics in the slim can actually match the cap)
    My question is whether or not metallic paint would be suitable on glass pendent light shades? Would the shade get warm and damage the paint? Would a primer help on the glass? The shades are a frosted glass. I was just hoping to save money and not replace them because lighting is expensive and my pockets are empty. Thanks so much!

    07/18/2015 at 6:30 pm Reply
    • Sorry for the delay, you were stuck in my spam!

      I would think the copper paint on the light shades would be just fine. 🙂 Ive made candle holders with spray paint and its been just fine. Most bulbs only generate so much heat really… Over time the inside of the shade facing the bulbs may change color if the light is used often. Kind of like how the sun fades stuff, if you know what I mean. Easy fix though and just do a refresher coat of paint. 🙂

      Personally I wouldn’t primer, save your money, just paint away for this project. I hope that helps if you haven’t painted already! Id so just go for it, paint anything and everything! Ha ha.

      08/02/2015 at 7:42 pm Reply
  69. Georgia

    Thanks for your help! The url I shared seems quite gold so maybe the one you found is the right one? Is that the same design as your bottle was?

    Thanks again, G

    06/21/2015 at 1:35 pm Reply
    • You are welcome. 🙂 The one I linked is the same can I used in the blog post. It looks to be the same as whats sold here in the states. 🙂

      06/21/2015 at 8:13 pm Reply
  70. Georgia

    Hi – This is a great page! I’m wanting a warmer (slightly bronzed) antique gold to spray my wedding lanterns for center-pieces. I was looking at the Valspar you have used. Is this ???? I can’t quite see the title on the can. I am in the UK and trying to find it. Any help would be appreciated 🙂

    06/17/2015 at 3:40 pm Reply
  71. Sadie

    I just got a new bike today and I want to paint some parts of it gold. Would you recommend the same type of spray paint that you recommended for door knobs, since my bike will be outside with moisture? I like Rustoleum spray paint as well because it is more of a true gold, while the others are more rose gold.

    05/26/2015 at 11:11 pm Reply
    • Yes. You may even want to go to an auto store and look for a gold there instead, they have some gold tone shades at auto stores near me. They are even more durable for something like bike parts. 🙂

      05/27/2015 at 7:07 am Reply
  72. Melissa

    It was decided that spray painted wine bottles (with flowers in them would be centerpieces for a bridal shower I’m helping to throw. The girl that did them just gave them to me to deliver to the florist. She had them separated by cardboard pieces in boxes and they got all marked up. So I went out and got more paint and repainted them today. Now I’m nervous that they will get marked up yet again when I travel with them. They are spray painted with rustoleum matte silver metallic. Today is Friday and I have to travel with them on Monday. Should I top coat them at all? I feel like you said this is a bad color to top coat. And I’m already pressing the time limit with painting them today and moving them on Monday I know but they looked awful. But how would you wrap them or travel with them so that they don’t chip or mark?

    05/22/2015 at 11:12 pm Reply
    • That will be pretty! Just pack them well. I ship with cardboard slits and I also wrap them in these cute bags. Wrapping them in the bags helps with the cardboard from scratching them. I would just wrap them in a towel or even a paper towel, just something to protect it from the cardboard. Then add the cardboard slits, the slits help them from banging together when moving them and causing chips.

      The sliver will turn a mess with a topcoat. Turns it so muddy looking.

      Just wrap them well and you’ll be fine! 🙂

      Good luck!

      05/23/2015 at 8:10 am Reply
      • Melissa

        Thank you so much!

        05/23/2015 at 8:47 am Reply
        • You are welcome. I hope the shower is great! 🙂

          05/23/2015 at 9:14 am Reply
  73. this is a good information given, gold paint is very good and it looks beautiful.

    04/04/2015 at 6:40 am Reply
    • Thank you and thank you for stopping by! 🙂

      04/04/2015 at 6:59 am Reply
  74. Wendy

    Love your site, thank you for all your tips! How many jars do you get from one standard size can of spray paint, and where have you found the best selection of colors for the val spar ?

    03/23/2015 at 1:15 am Reply
    • Hi Wendy, Thank you for the compliment! 🙂 It depends on the color/brand and how many jars I have per can. 5-10 pints. More in the 5-7 jars range for most colors.

      Lowes carries Valsapr, its exclusive to Lowes only. Lowes carries the good Rustoleum metallic too. 🙂

      03/23/2015 at 8:09 am Reply
      • Thanks so much! One more question…I went to lowes and see they have all different finishes, but limited colors in certain finishes. Do you have a favorite finish that you like? It seems the Satin has the most color choices.

        03/23/2015 at 12:38 pm Reply
        • I like satin and matte, Im more into mattes. I have matte everything! ha ha. I just clear coat with the finish I need. Some of the colors I like are gloss so I turn them matte! 🙂 Its really a personal preference on the finish you want.

          Valspar clear coats are my fav, they have matte, satin, and gloss.

          03/23/2015 at 3:31 pm Reply
          • Thanks so much Kelly, great tip!!

            03/23/2015 at 11:23 pm
          • You are welcome, good luck on your painting! 🙂

            03/24/2015 at 7:16 am
  75. Celina

    I am using the Valspar gold metallic. I spray painted some overlays for ikea furniture, and now when I touch the part I spray painted, the gold color seems to rub off and get darker wherever I touch it. Am I doing something wrong? Any suggestions? It has been two days since I spray painted so I am pretty sure it is completely dry by now. Thanks!

    03/16/2015 at 8:47 pm Reply
    • Hi Celina, The darkness I think is skin oils, its like it tarnishes like silver. Ive noticed finger prints on my gold sometimes. The rubbing off, Im not sure, maybe the surface needed more prep work? Could of even been an old or dud can. Ive had those a time or two or three… ha ha.

      Id try a Rustoleum color instead. I think they have a more durable finish for things like knobs and handles with their metallic. Im not a big fan of Valpars metallic, Love the colors but the metallic, eh.

      The metallic in these style cans are some of my favs.

      This formula has a durable finish too.

      I think you’ll have better luck with different paint. If you paint over the other color do light coats so you dont wrinkle and bubble!

      I actually just updated the post about this issue! 🙂

      03/16/2015 at 10:22 pm Reply
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  78. Erika

    Thanks for the awesome tips. Have you worked with any glitter spray paint yet?

    01/10/2015 at 2:54 am Reply
    • You are welcome. 🙂 Ive used some. Valspar gold glitter was wonky, the silver worked good. Only tried them once. Ive tried a few of the Krylon colors, the gold clogged but the black and white one worked good. Sometimes you just get bad cans..

      Topcoat any glitter. You can use regular clear gloss topcoat or enamel topcoat, not the ‘glitter topcoat’. Modge Podge and glitter work too, just do the topcoat, do a few. I guess I have to add some glitter tips! LOL

      01/13/2015 at 12:13 am Reply
  79. Caleb Johnson

    just wanted to say thanks for the article it was very informative I am personally painting motorcycle parts and there’s that spray paint and motorcycles normally don’t go together but cheap bike chrap owner so what can I say but I just wanted to say thanks again your article really helped me out

    01/01/2015 at 6:49 pm Reply
    • You are welcome Im glad it helped! Rustoleum and Krylon offer high heat paints too. Those cans are about $6.99-7.99. Ive used some car paint to from the auto store as well! 🙂

      Good luck with your bike.

      01/04/2015 at 5:36 pm Reply
  80. Emily Nicholl

    Having a terrible time trying to get sea shells , large clam shells, painted with Gold spray paint. I purchase a small can from my local hardware store but after 24 hours I can rub off the paint from the shell. I am very sad because I had hoped to use these shells for wrapped candy but I do not want people to get gold paint on their fingers when they pick up their shell. I went to Lowes today and purchased a clear polyurethane to paint over the gold paint and hopefully make a seal. I wonder of I had used Rust-oleum paint if it would rub off. If this doesn’t work I won’t have anything to put my party favors in.
    Signed, discouraged

    11/30/2014 at 8:54 pm Reply
    • Sorry I missed your comment, I found it doing a spam clean out! I hope you found a solution. 🙂

      Id maybe prime the shells first or that paint was weird. Spray paint doesnt really rub off like you are saying usually.

      02/20/2015 at 3:15 pm Reply
  81. Tiffany

    You mention using a clear coat to protect the finishes but then you also talk about not using a clear coat over the metallic paint, is it dulls the finish.
    So what kind of clear coat does not dull the finish of metallic paint?
    I used Krylon gold and used a Restoleum semi gloss which dulled it completely as well as a Rustoleym enamel.
    I feel it’s necessary to put a protective coat over the metallic gold. I’m using the paint on doorknobs. They are beautiful and metallic in shine, but the paint dulls down overtime with use similar to what the clearcoat is doing right now on some newly painted doorknobs.
    Any tips would be greatly appreciated!!

    11/24/2014 at 6:06 pm Reply
    • Ive tried a bunch of ways and there is nothing that can be done, it dulls it… Boo! I have sprayed another light coat over the clear coat to bring the shine back. You might want to try some other gold paint, like an enamel because its a door knob and used often. Ive seen paint at the craft store. Or try that gold leaf foiling and top coat that. 🙂

      11/25/2014 at 1:39 am Reply
    • Brandon Nault

      I heard that spraying with “turtle wax express shine spray wax”, letting dry, then a gloss top coat keeps the original metallic properties. I’ll be giving it a shot soon!

      10/16/2017 at 2:23 am Reply
      • Kelly

        Let me know how it works! 🙂

        11/22/2017 at 1:57 am Reply
  82. AA

    Hi. Just wanted to say thanks for this page, it is very informative and just what I needed! Keep up the great work!

    11/01/2014 at 3:11 pm Reply
  83. Robin

    Hi! Thanks for the post! I’m doing gold mason jars for an anniversary party. Do you put the jars in the oven after the clear coat too???

    10/16/2014 at 9:31 am Reply
    • You can but, you dont have to. The gold will look great!! 🙂

      Ive been actually clear coating/priming the jars first for the gold lately. It helps the paint stick better without the top coat.

      Good luck!

      10/20/2014 at 11:51 am Reply
  84. Caroline

    Hey! Great article!

    So I’m looking for a more Rose Gold colour. Which brand do you recommend?

    I like the colour of the middle mason jar in the last photo of this article.

    Thanks 🙂

    10/12/2014 at 2:06 am Reply
    • Thank you so much! 🙂 Sorry for the delay in my reply you were lost in the spam! If you want the rose gold do Rustoleum. Its in a white can and the color is called Copper Metallic. The cap is a rose gold color. 🙂

      10/20/2014 at 11:54 am Reply
      • Connie

        This is a great article!

        In the picture of the three mason jars, which spray paint was used for the jar on the far left? That one is my favorite!

        12/25/2014 at 12:43 am Reply
        • Thank you. 🙂 The one on the left is Krylon, its Brilliant Gold, has a blush tone to it.

          12/26/2014 at 10:32 pm Reply
          • Teri

            Hi Kelly! When you spray paint mason jars, do you leave the cap on? Seems like when you unscrew them then underneath the ridges wont be painted. Do you spray the jar and the cap separately? Wont the paint also go inside this way? Or do you not care if it goes inside since it’s the same color?

            Sorry for all the questions, thank you!

            02/18/2015 at 9:57 pm
          • Hi!

            For most of the jars I sell yes, I paint them with the lid and seal on it to keep the inside paint free.

            Sometimes I paint the rim and I just use the inner seal.

            Sometimes I even tape off the rim so its totally paint free like to use for food, new clean silver lid, seal, and rim.

            Ask any questions you want! 🙂

            02/19/2015 at 1:48 am
  85. Cynthia

    What brand/color paint do you use for the last picture of this article? I really like the copper/rose gold look it has to it. Thanks 🙂

    03/08/2014 at 6:19 am Reply
    • stylingny

      The last picture is Rustoleum. If you want the pinkish gold go for the Krylon.

      08/03/2016 at 2:54 pm Reply
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