How To Paint Glass and Metal, and the Best Way to Distress | Tricky Surface Painting Tutorial


Hi there, it’s Rosanne here from Country Chic
Paint. As you might know from experience, getting paint to stick to smooth surfaces
like glass and metal can be tricky. In this video I’ll give you some tips for getting
great adhesion every time, so stay tuned! The reason it can be difficult for things
to adhere to surfaces like glass and metal is that they are very non-porous so there
isn’t a whole lot for the paint to grip onto. There are a few things you can do to help
though. Today I’m going to paint and distress some mason jars so I can show you some of
our tips and tricks for distressing without causing the paint to peel off. Today I’ll
be using a 120 grit sanding sponge, synthetic bristle brushes, some of our All-in-One Decor
paint in the colors Creme Brulee and Vintage Cupcake as well as some natural soap. For
glass and metal we always recommend cleaning the surface before you start painting. I’m
going to use warm water and a natural soap to make sure there are no contaminants or
oil that could prevent the paint from sticking to my mason jars. Make sure you choose a soap
that won’t leave any residue behind. After cleaning with soap and water it’s always smart
to use a rag with just water to give it a final wipe down. Before you go on to the next
step you want to make sure that your glass jar is completely dry. Once your project is
fully dry it’s also a good idea to give it a light scuff sanding with a coarse grit sandpaper
or a sanding block to give your surface a bit more texture that the paint can grip onto.
Be sure to remove any dust this creates before you move onto the next step. If you’re working
with a large piece it’s definitely a good idea to do a scratch test before you proceed.
Paint a small 2×2″ square and leave it for a few days to cure. Then you can give it a
scratch with your fingernail to see if the paint has adhered well or if it peels off.
For some projects it might be better to use a primer before you paint so your beautiful
finish will last for years to come. For smaller projects like mason jars I wouldn’t recommend
using a primer. Our All-in-One Decor Paint has great adhesive properties, even better
than our chalk-based paint, so it’s definitely my go-to paint for tricky surfaces. You always
want to make sure you shake and stir your paint before you dip your paint brush in.
I’m going to apply one thin coat over my whole jar. You don’t want to put on too thick of
a coat or it’s going to take a long time to cure and it will not adhere as well as one
thin coat. Once your first coat is dry which is probably about 1-2 hours, you can apply
a second coat if you’d like. As you can see I’m getting pretty good coverage with just
a single coat of paint so I’m not going to worry about adding a second coat. You’ll notice
that some of it depends on the color that you have picked for your jars. Once your first
coat is fully dry, after about 1-2 hours or so, you can add a second coat if necessary,
but I’m quite liking the coverage that I’m getting with just a single coat, so I’m just
going to leave it like that. If you’re goingto distress metal or glass it’s best to give
it a few days to fully cure before you start distressing. This will give it a chance to
really stick to your piece so that it will only come off in the places you want it to
distress. These jars were painted a few days ago so they are ready to be distressed! I’m
going to use my 120 grit sanding block and I’m just going to start rubbing away gently
on the raised details of my jar. I wouldn’t recommend using a two-layer distressing method
on glass or metal or using a wet rag for distressing. Glass and metal lend themselves best for distressing
with sandpaper with a single color of paint. Now, to seal your work it’s a great idea to
use our Tough Coat. It will make your piece very durable and will help to seal in the
paint. If you’d like to learn more about how to apply Tough Coat or if you’d like some
other tips on how to distress using sandpaper, click the links available in the description
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click the website link on your screen now or in the description below this video. Thank
you so much for watching and happy painting!

28 Replies to “How To Paint Glass and Metal, and the Best Way to Distress | Tricky Surface Painting Tutorial”

  1. Great instruction. I'm learning tidbits I did not know before. It never hurts to watch tutorials, even though you think you don't need to. Lol.

  2. This is awesome. Thank you so much for this tutorial! I appreciate the tips and tricks and can't wait to try them myself! We're moving in a week and I'm all excited about making things new like painting my bedroom furniture, making some decorations, etc… since we're moving into a house from a cramped little two bedroom apartment where we had no room.

  3. thank you so much for the tutorials. I really would like to start my bathroom vanity. I would like to antique it with the country chic paint. I would like a creamy antique color. What paint color would you recommend?

  4. I'm thinking some flower vases, they have lots of detail and distressing them would be beautiful after painting them

  5. Love learning to paint from you; you explain it very well, thank you.  I think I'd like to start small and do the mason jars for kitchen display.

  6. I have a vintage gossip bench that could use a new look. I am also looking for an old chair that I can turn into a planter for my garden. Love your product and all the tutorials.

  7. Great tips! Thanks for another great video. I would love to try your paints on some Mason jars and a small metal table. Thanks for a chance to win.

  8. excuse me.. i'm curious, whether the paint will fade when exposed to water ? because you don't give any coating layer for finishing. Sorry, for my bad english.

  9. Great tips, but video wise… Maybe try to be more enthousiastic? I felt like watching you read a script that was of camera. That is fin, but if you hold the script closer to the camera and tell it more like a story that would be better presentation. No hate just some feedback.

  10. Love your videos. They are professionally done, have clear instruction, are well paced and your voice and presentation are perfect.

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