It's already a heck of a challenge when using metal paint in your house. But no one talks about the fuss in picking the right paint type or shade for your DIY project.
Wondering if you should go for spray paint or a can paint? Are you confused between water-based or oil-based acrylics? Or are you going back and forth to the top ten metal shades to apply? We are going to solve all your problems right here. I can guarantee after a few minutes; you'll have a clear idea of what direction you should go rather than roaming around endlessly. So, let's go!
When you talk about the paint types, we mean about their composition. Based on that, we know there are water and oil-based acrylic paints. For your variety of metal projects, there’s no alternative to the right paint. Let's find out.
The unique features of water-based paints include-
However, there are a couple of downsides to such paints too. For instance -
Keeping all these considerations in mind, I would say if you have to paint your kitchen or bathroom walls, wall sconces, night tables, bed frames, or window frames, you can go for water-based acrylics. Don't forget to apply an oil-based primer beforehand when you paint with the water-based acrylics.
The unique features of oil-based acrylic paints include-
But, there are a few downsides as well-
Considering both the pros and cons of oil paints and my experience, I can say they are ideal for larger projects like furniture, window frames, kitchen cabinets, patio furniture, fences, metal roof, backyard grills, etc.
Tin or Spray?
With the desired type of paint, you need to pick an easier way of application for you. When it comes to larger surfaces, more significant DIY projects, or flat surfaces, it is ideal to use large cans of paints. You can apply the paint with a brush or roller. For instance, projects like metal roofs, walls, doors, fences, etc., can be carried out with paint.
On the other hand, when you have to deal with delicate surfaces, nooks, and corners, spray paints are a better way to cover the area. If you use spray paint, it'll be easier to give a better, smoother finish, even on irregular surfaces. Besides, with a spray, you can easily paint the hard-to-reach areas. When I have smaller and intrinsic projects like painting furniture, patio chairs, bed frames, window frames, irregular contours of decorative furniture, outdoor statues, I always take the help of spray paints.
Apart from the primary considerations of the type and application method, there are a few more factors you need to keep in mind when choosing a metal paint-
High-heat and weather resistant
Your metal painting projects may include coloring outdoor grills, metal fences, metal roofs, painting a radiator, fire pit surrounds, etc. So, what do you think is a necessary feature when you're doing these DIYs? Heat resistance! If you choose a typical paint, no matter whether it's water or oil-based paints, it's going to come off, peel off, or blister in a few days. So, check the high-heat-resistant formula before you set your heart on a particular metal paint.
For outdoor metals, it is common to get rusted as they become exposed to moisture for a long. Rust and corrosion can damage the whole strength of metals. So before you spend your money on repairing those rusted fences, get them painted with a rust-resistant formula. With such paints, you are getting both a classy look on your fences and protecting them from evil rust at the same time. A win-win, isn’t it?
What Shade Will Look the Best?
I've seen some of my friends going straight to the market and picking a metal paint shade they want to use. On the other hand, I've seen many, including myself, being perplexed among various shades. I used to wonder how do you even pick a shade that'll look good on your project without applying it first! Well, if you are as confused as I was, here are a few things you can consider to choose your shade.
If you're a bit aware of a few architectural styles, you'll understand different color schemes for a different style.
Modern architecture: For modern style, the shades of white, regal white, matte black, gray, etc., looks classy.
Victorian architecture: When we say Victorian, we can imagine some hemlock green, beige, dove gray, charcoal gray, off-white, etc.
Spanish architecture: Spanish architectural style primarily revolves around the colors of colonial red over the roof, terracotta, off-white, yellowish window frames, etc.
Farmhouse architecture: We are all well-aware of the farmhouse and burns dipped in some colonial and regal red, dark brown, and pure white shades.
Craftsman architecture: Craftsman architecture has a unique touch of ash gray, charcoal gray, sierra tan, off-white, and some slate-blue roofs to finish off.
When picking a shade for your metal roofs or fences, you need to consider the geographical location as well. For instance, people in tropical areas usually go for bright colors like slate blue, platinum, aged copper, patina green, and sometimes even shades of light-golden metallic paint.
On the other hand, the plains' buildings look more compatible with softer shades like dove gray, beige, ash gray, mustard, brown, off-white, etc.
Consultation with an expert
If all other ways fail to give you a clear idea of what color you should apply, then I guess the best idea is to take an expert's help. You can also check for ideas from the paint manufacturer, a contractor, or an architect.
Whatever you've learned till, you're not only aware of the popular metal paint color for your house but also what fits your requirements. I hope you've come out of your puzzled little world of paints. So, grab on the metal paint and make your DIYs classy and elegant!