Judy Zanotti

Metallic Painting Process

 

The following is a step-by-step process for obtaining a metallic finish on props.

BASE COAT

for the best results use an acrylic paint. On large props a mixture of clear latex and dry pigment can be used. Metal finishes such as pewter, silver, and steel can be achieved with a base coat in the blue to black range. Golds, bronzes, and brasses should be based in reds, browns, or greens, depending on the desired look.

TEXTURE

Go over the base coat with millinery lacquer and bronzing powder, which comes in a variety of different metals and should be used rather sparingly. Dip your brush into the millinery lacquer and then into a small amount of bronzing powder. Apply it to 75% to 85% of the surface area, ...

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