Who wants a Rose Gold door? My sister did. Want to know how we did it? Let’s go through the process!
The door she purchases was a premade metal door from Menards. Since prep is key in all painting situations this is no different. So, let’s talk about what we did to prep our door.
First thing we did was make sure it was clean. You don’t know what kind of products they use on these doors and I needed to make sure all the oils and such were cleaned off. We used TSP to take any existing oils off our door. Paint and primer do not stick well to oils. We used a spray bottle and covered our door with TSP, put on some gloves and grabbed some steel wool and went to town using swirling patterns to get every inch of the door clean. Wiped down with paper towels. We then got some warm water and a sponge and wiped off any TSP that was still on our door.
Since it was a steel door, we then took some 220 grit sand paper and scuffed up the door so the primer had something to stick to and wiped back once we were done.
Since this was the first time I had worked with the Heavy Metallics I wanted to make sure that we were only painting it once, and not having to sand down and start over. We used Wise Owl’s Grey Primer and did two coats. We used the Cling On’s B12 to apply the first coat we waited 4 hours to ensure it was completely dry. Once it was dry and before applying the 2nd coat we took steel wool and lightly went over the door to eliminate any brush marks there may have been and applied the 2nd coat and painfully waited over night to apply the Heavy Metallic. We used steel wool one more time on the 2nd coat to once again get rid of any brush marks there may have been. While we understand this isn’t in every person’s budget, so you could use an O45 or an F50 (which is my next favorite to apply primer to a piece). TICK TOCK.
PAINTING *the fun part*
Since this was going to be on the front door to the house and it was out there for the whole world to see we wanted to make sure we were eliminating as many brush marks as possible. It was a large, almost flat surface, and since it was going to be shiny any imperfections were going to get noticed. We decided to use a high density 4” roller for this project. The high density rollers don’t leave the texture like most normal paint rollers that you would use on a wall, which is why we chose this over a regular roller.
Since the Heavy Metals have very small micron size metallic micas (super scientific), we wanted all the metallic microns to lay the same way so it wouldn’t put off a streaky finish. We would roll on for coverage but our last pass over the area we would make sure we always went the same direction. In other words, we would roll every which way to cover the area we were working on then on the last roll through that section would only roll down so that all the microns laid the same way.
The first coat had really good coverage but it would need a second coat so we waited until it was completely dry (2-4 hours) and applied the second coat the same way.
The window frames we use Wise Owl’s One Hour Enamel in Jet Black. We went through the same prep for this as well as priming it. It was made from plastic and therefore wanted to ensure that we the best adhesion possible. Since the plastic was white, it took 2 coats of the OHE to cover completely.
Could we have used a brush on the door for the Heavy Metals, Yes. The Heavy Metals is self-leveling but wanted to finished faster and save our arms.
Do you need a top coat? No. Heavy Metals cures to a hard finish and generally won’t need a topcoat unless you are using it on heavy wear and tear items. It’s a non-porous finish (unlike most metallics) so it adds to strength but also has a beautiful satin finish.
We got your Heavy Metals in 6 different colors. I’m planning on doing my own door in Bronze!
Rachael Dunham - Top Expressionist