How to Paint Brass Hinges

When metallic hinges become old and dingy, many people choose to liven them up with a fresh coat of paint. Most of the time, this can be accomplished with a quick coat of spray primer and paint. However, if you're planning to paint brass hinges, there are a few things you need to know before you get started. Unlike most metallic surfaces, brass requires a specific preparation process to avoid peeling and flaking. Many amateur do-it-yourselfers are surprised to learn that the wrong approach to preparing brass for paint can result in disappointing and even dangerous results.

Step 1

Use a screwdriver to remove the brass hinges.

Step 2

Spread out newspapers on either the floor or a table.

Step 3

Place the brass hinges on the newspapers. Use mineral spirits to clean the brass hinges thoroughly. Allow about ten minutes for the mineral spirits to evaporate completely before proceeding.

Step 4

Use PCB etch to rough up the brass hinges to promote adhesion. Follow the application instructions that came with the particular type of PCB etch you purchased.

Step 5

Rinse the brass hinges thoroughly with water.

Step 6

Apply a light coat of oil-based spray primer to the brass hinges. Allow an hour for the brass hinges to dry.

Step 7

Flip the brass hinges over and apply a light coat of oil-based spray primer to the second side. Allow an hour for the brass hinges to dry.

Step 8

Repeat steps 6 and 7, except use oil-based spray paint instead of primer.

Step 9

Allow an hour for the brass hinges to dry. Add another coat if necessary.


Ryan Lawrence

Ryan Lawrence is a freelance writer based in Boulder, Colorado. He has been writing professionally since 1999. He has 10 years of experience as a professional painting contractor. Lawrence writes for High Class Blogs and Yodle. He has a bachelor's degree in journalism and public relations with a minor in history from the University of Oklahoma.