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How to Apply Rustoleum Hammered Paint

Want to add a sophisticated hammered metal finish to light fixtures, porch railings, outdoor tables and home decor items with the push of a button? Pick up a can of Rust-Oleum brand hammered spray paint. With Rust-Oleum, there is little need to prepare the surface for paint (though a primer may be helpful in some situations). The paint itself will hide any surface imperfections because of its textured finish. While the name implies it should be used on metal, the paint gives equally good results on wood, fiberglass, concrete and masonry.

Things You'll Need:

  • Sandpaper Or Wire Brush
  • Stops Rust Spray Primer
  • Cloth Rag
  • Xylol Or Mineral Spirits
  • Enough Rust-Oleum Hammered Spray Paint To Complete Your Project

Remove loose paint and oxidation with sandpaper or a wire brush. If the surface already has a glossy finish, rough it up with sandpaper.

Prime the surface with Stops Rust spray primer by Rust-Oleum if needed. The primer coat will help resist rust even more and will help bond the paint to the surface even better.

Shake the can forcefully for at least one minute after the mixing ball begins to move around. Hold the can 12 inches from the surface for the greatest coverage and finish quality. Move the can from side to side. Overlap each stroke 1 to 2 inches to blend the strokes. The surface must be sufficiently covered to provide the highest amount of protection. Apply multiple coats for the best coverage.

Allow the first paint coat to dry for at last one hour between coats. Subsequent coats should be applied within 48 hours of the previous coat.

Turn the can upside down and spray to clear the nozzle if the can was not emptied completely. Clean-up can be performed with Xylol or mineral spirits and a cloth rag.


Rust-Oleum Hammered Paint is available in 13 colors.


  • The vapor produced by this product is harmful. Only use it in well ventilated areas.
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