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Old 12-31-2016, 11:12 AM   #1
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Spray Painting a door handle.


Some time ago I posted about spray painting a door handle.
I inquired if any one baked on the finish. Nobody did, however, one poster
asked that if I had success to please check back.

Well, we recently installed a key pad entry lock (I love this thing)
I chose a dark bronze one. Our door handle is shiny brass as well
as the bottom kick plate.
What I had on hand was rustoleum antique hammered bronze.
It came out nice, except it's too light. I have to do it again in a darker
color.

If anyone can suggest a darker color like the lock, please do so.
Anyhow, here is what I did...

I cleaned the handle after a light sanding with very fine sandpaper
to make it smooth. Then I spray painted it.

I let it dry for a few hours, then covered a Cooke sheet with
aluminum foil, put the handles on and baked them in a pre heated oven
@175* for 45 minutes, then shut off the oven and left it in for
another fifteen minutes.

Too bad I have to do it again in order to get it darker, but hey, it
probably wouldn't hurt for a second baking.
Darker spray paint to match the lock is welcomed.

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TwoNots....

Do you have a reason to believe that oven drying/bakeing is preferential to just regular drying....????
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This is the bottom kick plate. We painted this a couple of years ago,
the brass was awful,pitted and worn...Since this was not going to be
handled like a door handle, we didn't bake it on. It has held up well.
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Do you have a reason to believe that oven drying/bakeing is preferential to just regular drying....????


It's an old trick to harden oil enamels. I first saw it on the farm as a kid. My dad would bake small tractor parts to help them better stand up to wear. I'm not sure what the exact chemistry behind is, but my guess is it speeds up oxidation and somehow results in stronger chemical bonds.

I still do it to this day when those situations come up and it does seem to help. Just before Christmas I did some hinges that way. I use a little more heat though. About 200 degrees for a couple hours or more.

For the handle color, I would look at Rustolem's oil rubbed bronze. Kinda hard to tell from a pic, but that looks pretty close to the lock I assume your trying to match.


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Funny stupid story on this subject since I accidentally made this post anyway.

A year ago or so I had a set of wrought iron gates in my shop. They barely fit in the spray booth, and after I was done I got the bright idea that I could probably get the temp up to close to 200 in there, or at least 150, by using a propane space heater (it was summer time too).

So I closed everything up, turned the heat on and added some fans to circulate the air. Kinda like a huge convection oven. It did indeed work, but the problem was after a few hours the heat totally fried the electronics in the fans. Wouldn't have been so bad if I had only used cheap fans, but alas I used one of my good ones also.

I felt kinda stupid after that, but the gates did have a nice hard finish
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Do you have a reason to believe that oven drying/bakeing is preferential to just regular drying....????
Well, I have a friend that bought a building in 2001. He had all the bathroom stalls
spray painted then took them to an auto ( collision shop) and had them
baked. They looked great and held up beautifully.

Also, I sprayed my bathroom and basement door knobs with this paint
a few years ago. It showed wear after several months, as a door knobs
are constantly handled. So, I knew the outdoor handle would benefit
from a baked on finish.
When I re-spray and bake these handles again, I do the other two as well.

I sprayed our brass DR chandelier quite a few years ago, ( with the same
paint) and just let it air dry...it looks as good as ever, however,
it's not handles, just feather dusted.
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It's an old trick to harden oil enamels. I first saw it on the farm as a kid. My dad would bake small tractor parts to help them better stand up to wear. I'm not sure what the exact chemistry behind is, but my guess is it speeds up oxidation and somehow results in stronger chemical bonds.

I still do it to this day when those situations come up and it does seem to help. Just before Christmas I did some hinges that way. I use a little more heat though. About 200 degrees for a couple hours or more.

For the handle color, I would look at Rustolem's oil rubbed bronze. Kinda hard to tell from a pic, but that looks pretty close to the lock I assume your trying to match.


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oh, thanks Jaymay...we posted at the same time.
I didn't know how hot to make the oven. I was afraid I was going
to ruin it. But Hubby said, Don't worry, if it gets ruined, we'll get a
new handle. But, that wasn't the point, I liked the handle and enjoy
repurposing things to make it work.

Same thing with our chandelier, everything is bronze these days, so
after much agnozing I took the leap, and we spray painted the chandelier.
I even sprayed the cloth lamp shades.
I got to kept my old chandelier that I love...and the big bonus,
no more polishing a brass chandelier.

After I repaint it, I'll bake it at 200*
Thanks for the paint recommendation.
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I've spray painted many things around here. I look around and there is only
one lamp that I didn't spray. If I had a spray booth just think of the
damage I could do.
I also spray painted a brass coach light in our
bathroom with the bronze paint, as well as the switch plate in the same bathroom.
The switch plate is worn in spots from contact, and the light
is still perfect. I have to remember to bake the switchblade when I redo
the door knob handles.

I'll look for a chandelier pic...I misspoke on the shades, now I remember...
I used craft paint for the shades. I mixed a bronze color for the outside
and used a gold paint for the inside. Can't quite place when we did it, but
it's probably more than twelve years ago, maybe fifteen years ago.

So, if you have old brass lights, don't be afraid to spray paint it.
I gave this chandelier three light coats. Waited the suggested time
for re-coats.
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When I was 16 I had the brilliant idea of adding fire to my paint job and it worked well. I needed to repaint my mountain bike handlebars and the horns on them. So I got some metal flake black spray paint and a lighter and used them like a flame thrower. The finish was virtually scratch proof and looked really nice. It had a neat slightly bubbly texture.
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