I used acrylic paint then sealed it with a water-base varnish more to protect the paint than anything but in the end the piece appears to be enamel coated.
If you tackle the project be prepared to use at least three layers of acrylic to base-coat it. But once you have it base-coated, depending on what element you're painting you can get away with using only one layer of paint.
The next project - also given to me by Donnie - is a sponge cake pan also originally bare silver metal. Again, you'll have to base coat at least three layers.
Color was floated below the edge of the "icing" with dry brushed highlights on the "icing" to make it appear three dimensional and no other decorative elements were added. I wanted it to look like a cake setting out in the kitchen but it will also look good on a kitchen wall.
This piece was also finished with water-base varnish.
Note: Acrylic doesn't stick to metal as there is no adhesive in the paint. It's strictly water-base with pigment.
To help the paint to stick, you have the option of sanding to roughen the metal or using spray enamel paint as the base coat.
These items are for sale at Glasgow Trading Post in Glasgow, Missouri. Have fun with the two projects!
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