A product test of the best gold spray paint ranked from best to worst and compared to real gold and brass hardware to help with your next paint project.
Ever since my favorite gold spray paint went scarce, I have been on the hunt for the most convincing one to use on all things metal – door knobs, bathroom faucets, furniture pulls, light fixtures, and figurines.
Why Gold Paints Are Not All the Same
For the last year, whenever I was gathering supplies for a project, I’d grab whatever gold spray paint had a pretty cap in the hardware aisle to use. And so many times, I’d paint with it only to discover the gold looked totally fake and plastic-y and plain ol’ BAD!
So I took one for the team to test out 8 different brass and gold finish spray paints and compared it to a couple of real brass hardware pieces to determine the ultimate “winner”.
I was so proud of this little experiment idea until I discovered afterwards The Coastal Oak, Centsational Style, and Chris Loves Julia tried it out in the past too, but I digress. It was still extremely helpful to see them in person to determine for myself.
How the Gold Spray Paints Were Ranked
- Performance – Was the paint coverage adequate? Were there splotching issues? Did the nozzle clog easily?
- Comparison to Stock Hardware – When placing the gold paint against stock gold and brass hardware, did it look convincing?
- Overall Impression – Just simply personal preference.
The Best Spray Paint Type for Performance
- 1st – Rustoleum spray paints with the non-trigger grips on the cans had the best coverage with little to no splotching issues.
- 2nd – Krylon brand ranks middle of the pack between non-trigger grip Rustoleum cans and Rustoleum trigger grip cans because it almost always required an additional coat of paint when compared to Rustoleum but the application was rather even.
- 3rd – Rustoleum trigger grip cans splattered the worst and were more prone to clogging.
The Best Gold Paint When Compared to Real Hardware
I compared the spray painted knobs to two different types of hardware: brushed gold and unlacquered brass.
Rust oleum Metallic Finish Gold was the most convincing when compared to stock-bought brushed gold color hardware with Krylon Short Cuts Gold Leaf just barely behind.
None of the 8 spray paints were even close when compared to unlacquered brass, so the search still continues for that, if a spray paint match even exists. But there’s really no comparison to real unlacquered brass. You either go all in or you don’t at all.
The Best Gold Spray Paint Ranked Overall
The clear winner to me was Rustoleum Metallic Finish Gold. This gold spray paint is absolutely gorgeous with no odd undertones, a convincing sheen when compared to the high quality real deal, the coverage was the best, and the application of the final finish was completely even with no splattering.
So now we know. Maybe it’ll come in handy for your next DIY project. I’ll probably need an entire case now because I use this stuff on everything.
What else should I test? This was fun!
Frequently Asked Questions
Spray paint 1-2 coats of Rustoleum Metallic Finish Gold first and let dry. Then, apply Antique Gold Rub n Buff for added dimension to look the most like real gold.
Choose to spray paint an item in a well ventilated area away from anything that could catch overspray. Apply just one thin, even coat of spray primer. Once the primer has set for the recommended dry time, apply 2-3 thin, even coats of spray paint in a continuous sweeping motion 12-18″ away from the object. It’s best to apply multiple thin coats rather than fewer thick coats to avoid drips or splotches.