We have some old silverplated decorative birds on which the silver
plate is just shot. Not worth attempting to replate. However, we
could see painting them for occasional use.
My thought is to simply rough up the finish a bit and then spray paint
them the desired color. But, I thought I would ask if there is a
better approach to painting them, perhaps some particular undercoat,
I was going to suggest removing the silver plate, but as I read
about it there are toxic noxious chemicals involved. I don't
think I would sand the existing as it would expose new silver
surfaces that would need to oxidize again which would probably
ruin your paint idea. I think I would wash the objects in lacquer
thinner to remove any and all oils, etc. Use a can of Benjamin
Moore spray primer, it seems to bite better than some others.
After it is fully cured, rub the object hard with a soft rag to
see if the primer is well adhered. If it is, have at with
Keep the whole world singing . . . .
Glass bead blasting would be a very good surface preparation for most
any kind of primer/paint combination. Auto machine shops commonly have
such equipment if you can't find a friend that has a blast box. Car
restoration hobbyists almost always have the tools or know someone who
does. Good luck.
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