The Best Gold Spray Paint Out There!

Frustrated with trying to find the best gold spray paint? We share tests on 8 products to help you pick your favorite without having to buy them all!

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Cans of gold spray paint with text overlay


Finding the best gold spray paint can get really frustrating. I know… I have been there.

You look at the caps on the cans and make a decision in the store but when you get home and try it, it is totally different!

You wish you could have tried it out before buying it!

Cans of gold spray paint gathered.

Even though 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.

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 put together this extensive study of the best gold spray paint out of 8 candidates.

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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 a Homeright spray shelter to spray each of the pots.

I put the pots on a little piece of scrap wood to be able to easily pick it up the wood and move it out to dry while I painted the next pot.

By the way: this is my favorite spray paint trigger

spray painting pots to test the best gold spray paint

Here are the basic rules I followed, so all the results have the same baseline –

  1. They were all spray painted outside on the same day within 1 hour – hence no temperature/humidity variations.
  2. All pots got 2 light coats of spray paint without any drying time in between.
  3. They were all photographed at the same time.
  4. Camera settings for all the photographs are the same.
  5. None of the pictures have been digitally retouched except for cropping.

Comparison of gold spray paints

8 gold spray paint cans and 8 gold painted pots to test for the best gold spray paint

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 quite a few variations in “color” and brightness.

For more details, I decided to make smaller groups based on their “color”.

Best metallic gold spray paint

Top 3 gold spray paint colors together

1- Design Masters  | 4 – Rustoleum Metallic |  2 – Krylon Premium metallic

This is the first time I used Design Master’s and I have to say I was very impressed especially with the uniform coat and drying time.

It is pretty identical to Rustoleum Metallic in terms of “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.


The Best Matte Gold Spray Paint

Gold spray paint comparison for Rustoleum universal and valsprar

5 – Rustoleum Universal Metallic  | 6 – Krylon Dual

These are definitely matte gold and pretty true to their cap and would be great for applications where you are looking for a matte gold.

 Rustoleum Universal is more yellow compared to the Krylon Dual.

One thing I like about Krylon Dual (which unfortunately can’t really be seen in these pictures) is there are tiny specs of gold embedded in there that give it a bit of dimension.

The Best Rose Gold spray paint

the rose gold spray paint comparison

6- Krylon ColorMaster  | 3- Valspar metallic  | 7- Krylon Metallic 

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 metallic looks a lot more matte and I kinda love it! If I needed to use a rose gold spray paint, I would definitely go with the Valspar metallic. The only issue is – as you can see in the picture, the can didn’t spray very clean. I am hoping I just got a bad can.


So, which gold spray paint is the best?

test pots for thebest gold spray paint experiment lines up

As I said, they are all great in their own way. Ultimately, you should use the above observations to make a decision on what is best for your project!

They each had excellent coverage in just 2 light coats.

For, applications where I need authentic gold, I would definitely go for the Design Masters or Rustoleum Metallic.

In fact, Rustoleum Metallic is the gold spray paint I have been using in most of my projects but now I have 2 options.


What about you? Which one is your favorite?!

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  1. Great comparison! One almost looks copper. Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home!

  2. Kathy Alford says:

    Thanks for doing this. It was a lot of work, but so helpful to us DIYers. I appreciate you!

  3. Found your post from pinterest very helpful thank you! I am planning on spraying metal, wood and plastic in my beauty room to match my logo theme.

    Do you have to apply a primer and a finishing protective product? my main concern is the metal chair base scratching.

    1. Hi Jodie. Yes, you do need to apply a primer. I would suggest a grey spray primer meant specifically for the type of material you are planning to paint.

  4. looking for spray painting gold on candles. would you have a suggestion ?

    1. Hi Nidhi, I don’t have experience with candles. I believe any of these should work. You should do a test on a spare candle to try it out.Let me know how it works!

  5. HI Anika, Thank you for solving this problem for us! I am trying to spray paint a metal light to match polished brass fixtures in my home. These are original polished brass faucets. Which of the golds 1, 2 or 4 do you think would best match a polished brass look? The one I purchased already looks more rose gold so it will not work! Thank you!

    1. Hi Jenna,
      1 and 2 are almost identical have a brushed finish. 4 is much more “gold” and shiny vs the other two. I suggest making a decision depending on the look of your faucets. But please be sure to test first!

      1. Thank you so much! This is the answer I needed, I do not want a brushed look so 4 will be perfect! I sincerely appreciate your help.

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