We were cruising the aisles of Second Use the other day and came across some really cool, heavy industrial brackets – cast iron we think? More truth about us: we can never resist interesting metal stuff – so for $5 it was added to our stash. We stopped by Daly’s Paint and quizzed them about primer and paint – the goal was to get a heavy coat on the bracket as if it had been dipped in a super thick, semi-glossy, paint which would then contrast with the rough and industrial nature of the iron. Alas, no great way to make our paint thicker – but we did have some older water based paint that had thickened on its own due to poor storage technique (what can we say) and the color was nice, so – Bob’s your uncle.
First step – prime with a rust treatment paint/spray. We wanted the top 1/3 to remain unpainted so masked it off and then sprayed 2 coats of paint. We sprayed lightly, hoping to avoid drips, and let it dry overnight between coats.
Second step – applied the paint. The thicker finish was harder to achieve than we thought, so after 4 coats we decided that was enough. Again, we applied the paint thinly to avoid drips, and occasionally had to wipe off wet paint and touch up.
A couple of rubber dots on the bottom and we were done. Now, to Read!