One of our most popular blog posts to date (like…ever) was when we tested to find the best gold spray paint and it was due for an update because the pictures aren’t great and we (I) only tested 4 spray paints. Ahh, the early days of blogging. Luckily, this was a fun little experiment and we’re so excited to share with you our top favorite gold spray paints…again. *drumroll*
We bought 12 cans of spray paint and 12 knobs (I know, we go all out), and got started right away. Once we numbered the bottom of each spray paint and knob we drilled holes in a sheet of wood and attached the knobs for easy of spraying.
Each knob got a few coats of their spray paint buddy and in no time we were in gold hardware heaven…okay, some weren’t great at ALL though. The obvious conclusion? No two spray paints are the same. The knobs were leaning towards all kinds of colors: pinks, greens, yellows. Sorting them into similar categories gave us a bit more clarity on our favorites.
The first group–should we call this the bronze group? I don’t know if I would refer to these as “gold.” 2 and 4 are labeled “champagne” so that much was expected, but I was surprised at 5 and 12 being labeled “metallic gold” and “antique brass.” However, if you ARE wanting more of a champagne color, then 12 is the obvious winner in my opinion. She’s perfectly sparkly and metallic while the others look more flat and beige-y.
We’ll call this next group the sparkle group. These are just…a lot. The finish reminded my of my dad’s taurus growing up. Like that gold sparkly car color. 1 is very shimmery. It’s almost as if it has flecks of metallic in it and really doesn’t match it’s “vintage gold” name. However, the color is very true to gold and if you are looking for more of a shimmery finish than this could be for you. 7 and 11 are a bit more bronze and not enough metallic for my liking.
Ding, ding, ding, we have… 5 winners? The finish on all of these is gorgeous and the spray paint applied so consistently. Numbers 3, 9, and 10 are very true to a bright, brassy gold, and really you’re safe with any of those if you want a more classic finish. If you want a warmer gold tone without being “rose-gold” then either 6 or 8 are perfect for you, as they lean every so slightly towards pink.
I’m ready to give out my roses now. The first rose goes to 10, Design Master. Who would have thought that almost 8 years since I first did this experiment, Design Master would still be better than any other gold spray paint we’ve come across? It really stood the test of time. The second rose goes to 3, Krylon premium metallic 18 KT gold, and third goes to Krylon Metallic gold leaf. To be far, 3 and 9 are just so close and just a hair behind first place.
Do you have a favorite? Do you have a favorite paint we missed? Do tell.
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