Painting wood to look like metal may sound complicated, but you can easily create a metallic look using spray paint with a metal finish. These paintings recreate the color and shine of metal on almost any surface, including wood. You must properly paint the wood and add a clear coat to ensure that the metal paint adheres properly and lasts for years.
- Sand the wood with the sandpaper 220 thick to prepare the surface for the base. Clean the dust that occurs when sanding using a dry cloth.
- With a brush, apply a coat of paint base with alcohol on the wood. These bases are sometimes called shellac bases. Do not worry about tinting the base to match your painting; a white base will serve perfectly.
- Shake you can of metallic paint spray to mix it.
- Apply the paint on the wood, starting from above and using horizontal and constant movements to apply a thin layer of paint. Continue to apply thin layers until you completely cover the entire surface of the wood. Let the paint dry.
- Paint on the dry metallic paint a layer of polyurethane based on latex transparent with a high gloss finish, to protect and brighten the metallic paint.
Tips & Warnings
- While painting, keep the paint can in constant motion or else you could apply too much paint in one area, causing the paint to run and ruin the metal finish.