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« on: December 28, 2012 10:04:28 PM »

I have a few brass lockets and metal pendants that I would like to paint a different color (just one solid color).

What is the best paint/paint method to achieve this?

I am looking for a paint/method that will stay on a piece for the long term.

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« Reply #1 on: December 29, 2012 11:45:19 PM »

I think there are a lot of paints you can use that are multi surface so long as you prep the surface well and use a sealer.  

I personally would try a permanent bakeable paint like Pebeo 150 Porcelaine - it is a paint that is primarily meant for painting ceramics, without using a kiln, but can also be used on metals, and gives an enamelled look.    It may give a more durable finish than some other options.  I have used it successfully on both metals, glass, glazed terracotta, and ceramics.  There is also Pebeo Vitrea - meant more for glass, if you want a more translucent look.  

I would use them because you can paint directly onto the cleaned surface, allow it to dry, then bake as instructed to finish, as opposed to having to sand and clean the surface, paint, dry, then apply a couple of layers of clear coat, and still have it flake off possibly with use.
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