Answering: Which Gold Spray Paint Is Best?

The age old question. Am I right? Or am I right, or am I right? Right? Right? Right? This week I did some experimenting with four different gold spray paint brands I had in my possession–so we could educate ourselves and answer this thing once and for all.
Obviously there are more than four different brands of gold spray paint, but these include the three biggest spray painting brands and one bonus brand that carried a gold I had on hand from spray painting the hanger in Greta’s shadowbox.  Update: All of these brands are under $7. Also you should know, I have been geeking out about this project all week.
I started with four faux pears I picked up at the dollar store.

I gave each one a can buddy and the two became inseparable throughout the experiment, or at least until I could mark the pears according to which paint they were bearing. I used Design Master (picked this one up at Micheal’s), Krylon, Rustoleum, and Valspar–that can exploded on me a long time ago.

Here are our pears after each a few thin coats and they fully dried:

Who would you give the first impression rose to? Ha!  I am, personally, a new fan of the Design Master.  It has the least amount of orangey/rosey glow to it.  But, let’s look a little closer at them. To me, these four fall into two categories: brass/gold and bronze/copper. The brassiest gold was definitely the Design Master and Rustoleum as a close second. 

The Krylon and Valspar look entirely too bronze for a “gold” application. Although, I obviously have used them since I have them.  I know better now.  That’s what this is all about.  Also I would note, Krylon went on the worst.  While all of the other finishes seemed smooth and virtually flawless–Krylon was having all sorts of issues.  Could be human error–sure.  But three out of four were near perfect.  Hmm.

Which Gold Spray paint is best?  I am giving Design Master the gold medal, and Rustoleum the silver–although I would definitely still recommend it.  Valspar and Krylon get the bronze–appropriately. Are you surprised or maybe disagree? Do you have a favorite that we didn’t cover here?  Spill.

86 Comments

  • Reply November 12, 2015

    Denise

    Design Master is a dream to apply, dries super fast, and the color is gorgeous. Thanks so much for this post – it was the reason I went with DM! I bought two clothes hampers made from some kind of metal (iron? steel? I have no idea), removed the cotton liners, spray painted them with DM Gold Medal, inverted them, and use them as bedside tables. Also used it on my IKEA cabinetry handles to tie it together. Not a hint of green to them in my experience, just a beautiful, classy (not brassy) gold. Will be using it again soon!

    • Reply November 13, 2015

      Julia

      I’ll have to try that one!

  • Reply November 12, 2015

    Denise

    Ah, my bad. I just checked the can and it’s Design Master Brilliant Gold, not Gold Medal. That explains why I’m not seeing a green undertone!

  • Reply November 24, 2015

    Jolien

    Because of your post, I got the Rustoleum. (Never heard of it, always bought the cheap ones) and I LOVE IT! Thanks a lot Julia! – Jolien, Amsterdam NL

  • Reply January 5, 2016

    Cora

    Hi thx for the post. I think I have to go with Rustoleum. To me it appears to more gold in color and appearance. Cheers Cora :)

  • Reply January 8, 2016

    Maura G

    Thank you SO much for this. Been struggling with this myself and this is EXACTLY what I needed to see. Appreciate the legwork!!

  • Reply April 14, 2016

    Staci

    We painted some large leaves and pinecones for centerpieces for my daughter’s wedding and I used krylon because it gave the most beautiful rose gold look! It is great to see a side by side comparison for other projects!

  • Reply April 21, 2016

    Miranda

    This is exactly what I was looking for! Can you please do the same comparison for copper spray paints?!

  • Reply May 5, 2016

    Meg

    This was SO helpful! Thank you so much!

  • Reply May 15, 2016

    tara

    I loved the color of design masters, but am finding that both the chair and ceramic I painted are rubbing off. I normally prime but opted not to this time, so not sure if that was the problem. Greatly disappointed that I will need to redo both.

  • Reply July 10, 2016

    Fi

    Thank you so much for this post. Exactly what I was looking for help me choose a spray paint.

  • Reply July 27, 2016

    Not Just A Mommy

    I do love my gold spray paint and have never tracked my brands! This will definately be on my mind when I do!

  • Reply August 1, 2016

    NF

    Krylon is a lovely rose gold, but unsuitable for a Star Wars C3PO costume! For my project, I need a gold with more “yellow”. I wish I had seen your color comparison before I painted with Krylon! Rushing out now to get Design Master or Rust-o-leum, which should be a better match. MANY THANKS

    • Reply August 1, 2016

      Julia

      Haha, yes! You’ll be much happier with Rustoleum or Design Master

  • Reply August 7, 2016

    CC

    Thanks for the post, it’s the most helpful one I’ve come across so far! Maybe you can help me with this, I’m looking to ombre something from black to gold. Instead of it just shooting from black to straight gold I was trying to figure out what shades of gold to use as transition. Maybe a darker gold into a lighter gold? but what shades? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

    • Reply August 8, 2016

      Julia

      You might have luck just stepping back with your spray paint can for a lighter gold dusting and closer as you get to the top where you want it more saturated.

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