Which Is the Best Silver Spray Paint

Frustrated with trying to find the best silver spray paint? Here is a comparison of 7 products to help you pick your favorite metallic silver spray paint!

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If you have ever tried to find the best silver spray paint, you know exactly how frustrating it can be!

A few months ago, I researched and wrote about the best gold spray paint.

It turned out to be quite useful to readers and I got so many messages and comments! So, I turned my attention to this time to find the best metallic silver spray paint.Collection of silver spray paint cans

Much like gold spray paint, it is nearly impossible to find the best metallic silver spray paint simply by looking at the cap on the can.

I know…I have spent a lot of time (and money) trying to find one!

I already had a few of these cans in my spray paint arsenal. I researched and added a few more cans to the lineup.


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Candidates for the Best Silver Spray Paint –

All of these spray paints are $7.99 or lower.

The Best Silver Spray Paint

I got the little mini terracotta pots to use for the test and sprayed them one by one in my Homeright spray shelter.

I followed the same rules for this silver spray paint review to make sure the results are completely clean –

  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. 7 little terra cotta pots painted silver.

Silver Spray Paint Comparison –

Here is the line up of all the silver spray paint candidates with their spray painted pots.Line up of 7 silver spray paint cans and painted pots

Right off the bat, you can see the variation in the “color” and the shine.

It isn’t as significant as we saw with the gold spray paints but there are definite differences.

Let’s make smaller groups.

Best Metallic Silver Spray Paint

comparison of two silver spray paints to show the best metallic silver spray paint

3- Krylon Metallic Silver | 4 – Krylon cover Maxx Silver 

Both of these are almost identical to the eye!

They are both the closest to metallic silver with the maximum amount of shine!

I was quite impressed by the coverage too. The Krylon Cover Maxx definitely stood up to its name and had really great coverage with just one coat.

Best Matte Silver Spray Paint

Comparison of 3 matte silver spray paint cans with the painted pots

1 – Design Master Brilliant Silver | 2 – Krylon Premium Metallic – Chrome | 6 – Rustoleum Specialty Metalic

These three definitely have a more matte effect. And look nothing like their caps!

The Design Master and Rustoleum Specialty Metallic look almost the same and are a bit more matte compared to the Krylon.

I do like the Krylon Premium – original chrome. It seems to have the perfect balance of shine and matte (if you get what I mean). I used it on my DIY jewelry organizer project.

Flat Silver Spray Paint

Line up of 2 remaining spray paint cans and their painted pots

2 – Rustoleum Metallic Chrome | 7 – Rustoleum Universal Titanium Silver 

These are the grayest of the silver spray paints.

I was a bit disappointed by the color and coverage of the Rustoleum Metallic Chrome. It did not live up to the color of the cap at all. The cap does look gold in the picture but it used to be silver when I bought it. It seems to have lost its “silver” in the last month.

The Titanium Silver Rustoleum Universal is one of the rare cases where the silver is, in fact, a lot shinier than the top. It has wonderful coverage too. I kind of like the “not very chrome” look,

 So which silver spray paint is the best?

Honestly, it just depends on your preference or project.

They each have pretty good coverage. I was quite surprised by the Krylon paints. I hadn’t tried them before but they are definitely a lot brighter and shinier than their counterparts.

Are there any other silver spray paints you have tried that you liked? Leave a comment and let me know!

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  1. Linda ONeill says:

    If one wants a shiny silver finish, like real silver, try Chrome spray paint.

    1. Yes, I am definitely a fan of chrome spray paint.

  2. sniffntoss says:

    YOUR a BOSS! Thanx for the awesome comparison! You saved me some serious dough! I haven’t started me projects yet, and Im soOoo glad I found your artical before I ruined my wares! Can’t thank you enough for your time, expense and knowlege to share with us. keep up the bangin work . You deff are a BOSS LADY!

    1. AH! Thank you so much!! I am so so glad you found the article helpful! I have definitely lost a lot of dough on finding the right spray paint! 🙂

  3. I tried a few of the metallic spray paints you compared and agree with your results. After asking a Krylon rep which metallic paint is the shiniest and looks the most metallic, she advised me to try Krylon Foil Metallic Silver. I was trying to replicate the look of aluminum. All the other ones I tried had very little metallic sheen, with the majority of the reflection coming from the gloss. But, this Krylon Foil Metallic Silver was so much more shiny and realistic compared to the others (if that is the look that you want). As another person commented, there are issues sometimes with a powdery residue. This seems to occur when some of the spray has dusted the piece afar, drying in mid air. I would recommend leaving it as is for about 2 months until fully cured, and then wiping with paper towels or rags. If still a problem, consider a clear coat, but this may reduce the metallic look a bit.

  4. Thank you so much for this tutorial, it was just what I was needing. I paint a lot of things silver and have been wanting to know what is the difference without buying them all. Thanks for sharing on To Grandma’s House We Go!

  5. Rick Harrison says:

    Love this post, Anyka. I can use Krylon Metallic Silver to repaint my candle holder.

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