Painting a Mirror Frame

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smurfchops | 17:21 Sun 17th Apr 2011 | Home & Garden
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I have got a gold mirror frame, it looks a bit like distressed shiny gold leaf. I want to paint it a shiny distressed silver ... any ideas ? Do I undercoat with white or paint over the gold, and do I use a pot of silver paint or spray it ? I don't want a 'dull' effect. What paint should I use ? thanks everyone.


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I'd spray it, you can get suitable paint from a craft shop, or I've used car paint spray with good effect. Just make sure the frame is not greasy with no flaky bits, before you start.
Plasticote make what is probably the shiniest silver effect spray paint commonly available. It's the can with the cap that looks like it's chrome plated.
To get the distressed look, you can apply several layers of different colours then sand through. However, silver distressed effect might be better achieved using a 'crackle' effect - where the background underneath paint shows through cracks in the silver. Have a look at this for some tips:

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