How To Paint Glass and Metal

Do you have a glass or metal project that you’d like to paint? Maybe you have a shiny, smooth surface that you’re worried about tackling? Come see this tutorial to learn our tips and tricks for getting better adhesion on smooth surfaces!

In this brand new video tutorial, company co-founder Rosanne, will paint and distress some mason jars to show how to prepare smooth surfaces like glass and metal to improve adhesion!

How To Paint Glass and Metal, and the Best Way to Distress | Tricky Surface Painting Tutorial

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Step 1) Clean your surface

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The reason it can be difficult for paint to adhere to a smooth surface is simply because it is very non-porous and there is no texture for the paint to grip onto. Follow these quick tips to make sure your paint will last for years to come!

Use warm water along with a gentle, natural soap to clean your surface and remove any contaminants or oil that might prevent the paint from adhering. After you’ve washed your entire surface, it’s a good idea to use a new cloth to wipe everything down with plain water to remove any last residue.

Step 2) Scuff sand your surface

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Wait until your surface is completely dry, then use a coarse sanding block to lightly sand the entire surface of your piece. This gives your piece a bit more texture for the paint to grip onto and will lead to better adhesion. Make sure you use a clean cloth to wipe away any dust this creates before you move on to the next step.

Step 3) Apply a thin coat of paint

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We recommend choosing our All-in-One Decor Paint for tricky surfaces like glass and metal as it has even better adhesive qualities than our chalk-based paint. Remember that two thin coats of paint are always better than one! If you paint thick coats, they will take much longer to cure and they won’t adhere as well to your surface, so start with one thin coat all over your surface.

Step 4) Add a second coat if needed

For most colors you’ll find that just one coat is sufficient. But, if you’d like to add a second coat you can do so after letting the first coat dry for about 1-2 hours.

Step 5) Distress your piece

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If you like the ‘shabby chic’ distressed look you can use 120 grit sandpaper to distress the raised areas on your piece. Make sure you let the paint dry for a few days before starting this process! Gently rub any corners or accent areas that would naturally get more wear and tear with your sanding block until you’re happy with the look. Use a clean, dry cloth to wipe away any dust this creates.

Step 6) Seal your work

For maximum durability, we recommend sealing your finish with our Tough Coat! You can learn more about how to apply Tough Coat by clicking here.

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Happy Painting! 🙂

43 thoughts on “How To Paint Glass and Metal

    1. What a wonderful tutorial!! Thanks for sharing am going to use the paint on a mirror that was previously spray painted so video was informative.

  1. I am a furniture painter and lover of all things repurposed. The sky is the limit with your paint! Wow! I am loving your projects completed with the metallic creams especially the drum tables! That would be my first project using pocket watch cream and midnight sky! Stunning!

  2. I would love to use it for a set on Mason jars! they would look good on my newly painted(in Devotion) night table!

  3. I’m with the majority above – I have some mason jars I’ve been thinking about painting and the All-in-One Décor paint sounds perfect!

  4. I’m going to try this technique right now on an old shot glass to make a cute budvase! I need to get my hands on your paints asap. The colors are amazing!!!

    1. That sounds like a great spring project! Check out our Store Locator at to find a retailer in your area or feel free to order our products from our online shop: Happy Painting!

  5. Would love to win your paint! I am looking at painted a pair of out dated but great lamps! Thanks for sharing your techniques!

  6. Thank you for tutorial! It came at just the right time…I am visiting my daughter and grandbabies near Denver. She was hoping I could help her paint an “ugly” metal framed mirror during my visit. I have used your All in one paint and love it! Will google where I can buy it here!
    Thank you for being a god send when needed!

    1. That sounds great Mary! We’re so glad our tutorials have been helpful for you. You can find all of our retail locations by clicking here to go to our store locator.

      Happy painting!

  7. I enjoyed the video but would have liked to see what the glass jars looked like after the protective top coat was applied. Is the top coat a satin, matte, gloss, semi gloss finish?

    1. Hi Susyn,

      Our Tough Coat is a satin finish. You can see more of what it looks like in our tutorial about Tough Coat application by clicking here!

  8. So glad u posted this I’ve been wanting to paint some Mason jars for May Day! Love your post snd videos helps me so much!

  9. I have a few old gazing balls for the garden that I’d love to try the paint on, make them beautiful again!

  10. I am so excited to try this technique on Mason jars to use as vases! I will make these for Mother’s day with my Kindergarten class! I also would love to try it on galvanized metal buckets to use as planters! Can’t wait to try this out! Would love to use Seas the Day blue and Vintage Cupcake! ☺

  11. Super excited to try this on Mason jars and galvanized metal buckets! I’d love to do the jars as vases for Mother’s day with my Kindergarten class! I love Seas the Day blue and Vintage Cupcake!

  12. Love all of your tutorials! I would use your all in one Decor paint to paint candlesticks I make out of old bed posts.

  13. My front door on my home is metal. I will be prepping it to paint with the all in one decor paint. Thank you!!

  14. I agree with almost everyone else. I would love to try painting some Mason jars and a small metal table. Thanks for all of the great tips!

  15. Love your paint and all the great colors. I’d like to use them on my next project, which is a cabinet in my bathroom, and mason jars the same color. I’m planning on a deep blue with an antique black stain or wax over top to finish. You give lots of inspiration with your videos. Thanks.

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