How To Transform Your Faucets From Ordinary Chrome To Elegant Bronze In Seven Easy Steps

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If you are tired of your bathroom or kitchen's chrome faucets, then you can refinish them quickly, easily and inexpensively with bronze spray paint. This is a simple bathroom remolding project that can improve the appearance of sinks, showers, and tubs. Below is what you need to do to transform something ordinary into something elegant:

Bronzing your faucet - tools and materials needed

  • Spray primer
  • Bronze-finish spray paint designed for metal
  • Steel wool
  • Finishing pad
  • Trisodium phosphate powder
  • Spray bottle
  • Shop rags or old towels
  • Clean cotton gloves
  • Respirator
  • Newspaper
  • Masking tape

Bronzing your faucet - a-step-by-step procedure

1. Dull the surface of the faucet – chrome can be tricky to paint, so its surface must be thoroughly prepared for the paint to stick and be retained. The chrome needs to be roughened, and it also must be perfectly clean; careful preparation will go a long way toward making your faucet lasting and beautiful.

To prepare the chrome, begin by rubbing a non-soap, plain steel wool pad on the surface of the faucet. Be sure to rub the steel wool in a circular pattern to avoid leaving gouges in the finish. After dulling the surface with the steel wool, use a finishing pad to further refine the scratches so the finish is evenly marred.

2. Clean the faucet thoroughly – once you have dulled the chrome finish, prepare a cleaning solution of 2 tablespoons of trisodium phosphate (TSP) powder mixed with 2 quarts of hot water. With a cloth or towel, apply a generous amount of TSP solution to the faucet with a spray bottle and wipe away any oil, grease, and sanding dust. Next, dump the TSP solution from the spray bottle and replace it with plain hot water; thoroughly spray the faucet with hot water to remove residues or TSP solution, and wipe everything dry with a clean towel.

3. Protect neighboring items from overspray – after cleaning the faucet, you should prepare nearby objects so they aren't damaged by the paint spray. Use masking tape to apply newspaper to areas all around the faucet. If necessary, simply wrapping masking tape alone around smaller objects works well to prevent overspray damage. Leaving a small "tab" on the ends of masking tape makes it easier to remove once you are finished.  

4. Prime the faucet – once the faucet is prepared, cleaned and masked, it is ready to be primed and painted. Before beginning, turn off the water supply to the faucet, and be sure to wear a respirator, particularly if the faucet is located in a confined space. If you need to touch the faucet with your hands, wear clean gloves to prevent skin oils from adhering to the metal and causing the primer to fail.

Evenly spray the faucet at a distance of 8 to 10 inches; begin spraying while away from the faucet and make multiple sweeps across the faucet. Don't apply the primer too thickly, or it will leave runs. Once the faucet is completely covered, allow the primer to dry completely before moving to the next step.

5. Paint the faucet – after the primer has dried, inspect the surface of the faucet for drips or other imperfections. If necessary, sand them out with the finishing pad and re-spray with primer.

In the same manner as the primer, apply a coat of bronze paint to the primer. Keep the coat thin, and allow it to dry for a period of time as recommended by the directions on the can. Apply additional coats of paint, if necessary, to ensure full coverage of the faucet.

6. Remove the paper and masking tape – once the paint has completely dried, carefully remove the newspaper and masking tape you placed in step 3. Don't wait too long to remove the masking tape; it will leave a sticky residue that is difficult to remove if allowed to remain in place.

7. Care of the faucet – the faucet's finish should be durable for a long time, but using a sponge with plain water is recommended for cleaning. Avoid harsh chemicals, especially products containing petroleum distillates, to prevent stripping the finish.



1 June 2015

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