This week, I wanted to kick off the new weekly feature by telling you about my new vice; automotive spray paint. Yes, I know you’re probably think that I’ve been sniffing too much spray paint on this one but stick with me and let me explain why…
First of all, there are professional automative paints that are sprayed on with a high powered professional gun and sprayed by professionals (as it should be). However, Dupli-Color automotive paints makes a “touch up” type automotive spray paint for non professionals (us) that is sold in any auto parts store that is off the charts amazing! Imagine the rich and fabulous high gloss paint finish on a car in a spray can for us to use for our projects:
These pendant lights featured on Remodelista were made from recycled old fire extinguishers that were spray painted with high gloss automotive paints:
The finish on this art piece by Oh, Seaung- Youl was featured by One and J gallery in Korea and was done with automotive paints over fiberglass:
The reason I stumbled across Dupli-Color paints is because for months now, I have been in search of a more realistic chrome spray paint. It just doesn’t exist with our typical household spray paints. Nothing is even close to the real finish of a chrome. However, after researching online, I discovered this whole underground world of people using automotive spray paints to transform furniture, fixtures and home decor:
The DIY Network recently featured this gorgeous dresser that was transformed with automotive spray paint in silver with metallic flakes:
For my office/craft room revamp, I sprayed my old boring desk accessories with Dupli-Color metallic spray in chrome (they were cheap plastic when I started):
In my research, I came across so many amazing home revamp projects that people have used automotive spray paints for furniture, fixtures and everything you can think of. I also found several projects where people had their cabinets professionally “lacquered” with automotive paints. Wow! Talk about industrial strength!
The interior design firm of Vanillawood recently posted this kitchen that the cabinets were painted in automotive paints for a high gloss awesome white lacquer look:
It makes sense to take a closer look at using these paints if you’re looking for a super high gloss lacquer finish or to replicate a metal finish for fixtures or hardware because these paints are a lot closer to true metal finishes than traditional home spray paints:
I was unable to find a color chart for the Dupli-Color spray paints but they have a large selection of gorgeous neutrals, brights and every metallic finish you can imagine. Again, you can check out these paints in any auto parts store. However, I do highly recommend picking up a mask for spraying these paints and they have the right kind of masks right next to the paints. You use the spray paints just like you would traditional spray paints.
I also came across several furniture revamp projects where people dropped off furniture pieces at a local professional automotive painter and had them spray them with the even higher gloss professional paints. Can you imagine an old beat up dresser or desk sprayed in this way with a bright color or a neutral high gloss. Wow! I can only imagine the possibilities.
So what do you guys think? I’m not ready to have this done on my cabinets but I can see having this done on a chair, old dresser or I really love the look of the pendant lights! I’m curious to see what you guys think!
Thanks for hanging out with me today!