A couple of weeks ago a small discussion with a friend gave me the idea to wake up my inherent scientist and do a quick study on which is the best gold spray paint. I use gold spray paint quite often in little projects around the house – I love how you can instantly add glamor to anything with a touch of gold spray paint. Although I have rarely had any luck judging the cap to pick a can of gold spray paint off the shelf, over the years, I have narrowed it down to a couple of favorites. There are few other studies out there to find the best gold spray paint. This one looks at 4 gold spray paints. I already had 4 cans in my spray paint arsenal from all the trials I have done in the past. I researched a bit more and got 4 more cans to create this very extensive study of the best gold spray paint! So let’s review the 8 gold spray paints! Also, all of these affordable at under $8!
Candidates for the best Gold Spray Paint –
- Design Master’s Gold Metal
- Rustoleum Metallic Gold
- Krylon Premium Metallic
- Valspar Metallic
- Rustoleum Universal Metallic
- Krylon Dual
- Krylon ColorMaster
- Krylon Metallic gold
Let’s find the best can of gold spray paint –
I bought a bunch of mini terracotta pots to use as the test vehicle and used my amazing Homeright spray shelter to spray each of the pots. I put the pots on a little piece of scrap wood so I could simply pick up the wood and move it out to dry while I painted the next pot.
Before we get on with gold spray paint reviews, here are the basic rules that I followed, so you can see that all the results are completely clean
- They were all spray painted outside on the same day within 1 hour – hence no temperature/humidity variations.
- All pots got 2 light coats of spray paint without any drying time in between.
- They were all photographed at the same time.
- Camera settings for all the photographs are the same.
- None of the pictures have been digitally retouched except for cropping.
Comparison of gold spray paints
Here is a line up of all the little pots with their corresponding paint can.You can see right off the bat that there are quiet a few variations in “color” and brightness. I decided to make smaller groups.
Design Masters (left) | Rustoleum Metallic (right) | Krylon Premium metallic (top)
This is the first time I have used Design Master’s and I have to say I was very impressed especially with the uniform coat and drying time. Design master’s and Rustoleum Metallic are pretty much identical in their “color”. I think they are the closest match to being “gold”. The Krylon Premium metallic which is on top has a very yellow almost artificial shine.
Rustoleum Universal Metallic (left) | Krylon Dual (right)
These are definitely matte gold and pretty true to their cap. Rustoleum Universal is more yellow compared to the Krylon Dual. One think I like about Krylon Dual (unfortunately can’t really be seen in the pictures) is there are tiny specs of gold embedded in there that give it a bit of dimension. These would be great for applications where you are looking for a matte gold.
Krylon ColorMaster (Left) | Valspar metallic (right) | Krylon Metallic (Top)
These three have a distinct rose tint. They really should be called rose gold spray paints. The caps are definitely misleading. Both the Krylon paints look identical. There is absolutely no difference in their color and shine. Valspar looks a lot more matte. If I needed to use a rose gold spray paint, I would definitely go with the Valspar. The only issue is – as you can see in the picture, the bottle didn’t spray very clean. My fingers were rose gold too at the end.
So, which gold spray paint is the best?
Like I said, they are all great in their own ways. They each had excellent coverage in just 2 light coats. The gold spray paint you would choose would definitely depend on the look you are going for. For, applications where I need an authentic gold, I would definitely go for the Design Master’s or Rustoleum Metallic. In fact Rustoleum Metallic is the gold spray paint I have been using in most of my projects.
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