How to Make Hammered Paint 2020 – Super Easy DIY Guide

how to make hammered paint
how to make hammered paint

A change of the look on your wall might become a necessity after a certain time. It’s not only for your wall only, your tables and other home decoration items could also use a repaint. If so, hammered paint might be the exact thing that you’re looking for in this case. It makes the painted surface pop up more to human eyes and gives an aesthetic look to it. Your house guests will automatically feel that you have a unique choice in decoration. So, how to make hammered paint all by yourself today?

First, you need to clean the surface and apply the texture medium on it. Then, use the ostrich roller to make the hammered effect and sand the surface after it dries. Next, apply two back to back layers of the metallic paint. Lastly, apply the foil adhesive and foil to bring a shiny metal finish on the surface.

So, if you really want to take care of the hammered painting today, we promise that it’ll be worthwhile. Let’s dive in then-

Essentials You’ll Need!

There are some basic tools for painting that you’ll need to get the job done today. But there are also some special tools that’ll help you get your desired hammered paint effect.

However, there are cheap items in the market for those items that often turn out to be duplicates.

So, watch out for copy items because those will make your work worse rather than making it better. Also, they might make your painting dull and you might have to redo it again.

Here’re the essential things that’ll make your hammered painting successful today-

Texture Medium

Texture medium adds a texture surface for the painting. That texture is the main element to the whole process of yours.

Metallic Paint

Metallic paint creates an illusion that makes the surface look like it’s made out of metal.

Foil Adhesive

Foil adhesive helps the foil stay on the surface by giving it adhesion.

Foil Paper

Foil paper gives you the shiny metal finishing that you desire for a hammered paint.

Scrubber Brush

To set the foil with adhesive you need to scrub it on the surface and the scrubber brush helps you do that.

Paint Brush

To apply the paint on the surface you need a tool that’ll help you spread the paint on the surface and that’s where you need paint brush.

Ostrich Roller

Ostrich roller has some extra texture on it that helps you create the hammered effect when you roll it on the texture medium layer.

Paint Roller

You need to use the paint roller to apply the foil adhesive on the surface.

150-grit Sandpaper

Sandpaper helps you even out the surface if you have a bumpy surface.


A trowel will help you evenly spread the texture medium on the surface and professional painters often suggest it.

8 Steps on How to Make Hammered Paint

Hammered paint is a special kind of paint that looks like hammered metal when dried. Painters often call it the hammer tone too.

It doesn’t only beautify the surface, it’s also considered as a protective layer for the surface.

The surface that you’ll apply the hammered paint on will look acceptable even if it’s not flat and smooth.

On the other hand, you need to prepare the surface to get a regular paint to look smooth.

But in the case of the hammered paint, the surface doesn’t need any kind of modification.

Also, there’s mica in the hammer paint which makes it relatively hard and scratch-resistant.

So, let’s see the step-by-step process of getting this paint job done in no time-

Step 1: Clean the Surface

At first, you need to take care of any dirt that has been building up on your surface.

Dirts can be a huge headache for you causing the paint to peel off earlier in the future.

So, you can grab a rag and remove all the dirt and dust from the surface. Use cleaners if the dirt is hard to take care of.

Step 2: Apply the Texture Medium

So, before we go anywhere near the paint, we need to make the hammered texture on the surface first.

Texture medium is a kind of plaster that dries after you apply it on a surface. After drying you can feel that it has worked like a plaster and gave you a texture that you’ll love.

To ensure that texture you need to apply the texture medium on the surface first.

You should apply it using a brush on the surface. However, if you have a larger space to cover with, you can use a trowel in that case.

Now the question is how thick should you apply it. Well, the thickness should be an eighth of an inch to a sixteen of an inch.

Make sure that you’re not applying too much or too little of the product. Too much of the product will need more sanding in the future.

Also, it’s better if you try to spread it evenly on the surface. It’ll make the surface look close to perfect.

Step 3: Use the Ostrich Roller

Immediately after you’re done applying the texture medium, run the ostrich roller all over the surface.

What does this ostrich roller do, you ask? Well, the little bumps on it takes some of the texture medium away and helps you get the hammered texture that you need.

You’ll feel the magic that it does after your texture medium is totally dry. Let the texture dry at least one hour before you start working on it again.

Step 4: Sand the Texture

After the texture is completely dry, grab the 150 grit sandpaper and start sanding on the texture.

No need to sand too harshly, you just need to make the surface a bit leveled and suitable for painting on it.

Make sure that you’ve done the sanding all over the surface. This will help your paint set more firmly on the surface because it’s not a rough surface anymore.

Step 5: Apply the Metalic Paint

Now, you need to apply the metallic paint on the surface. There’s a fact about this metallic paint that you need to keep in mind.

Metallic paints might look like normal paint but it’s softer than the usual paints. It takes more time to set on a surface and also gives a better pleasing look to the eyes.

This hammered texture you’re trying on your surface is meant for this paint. Give the surface a unique metallic finish that completes the mission of the hammered paint.

Use a paintbrush to apply the paint of the hammered textured surface. Keep waving your paintbrush in one direction only. This allows the paint on the surface to look less wavy.

Then, let the paint dry at least for one hour before you step into anything else.

Step 6: Apply the Second Coat

As this paint is softer than usual, you’ll need to apply more than one coat on the surface.

After the first coat of the paint is dried completely, apply the second of the paint likewise.

Step 7: Apply Foil Adhesive

If you want a real metal hammered finish these next steps are specially for you.

After the second coat of the paint is dried, you need to apply foil adhesive all over the surface. Use a paintbrush to brush the adhesive all over the surface.

Step 8: Use the Foil

As the foil adhesive is sticky and dries fast, you need to grab the foil paper immediately.

The color of the foil paper should be according to the color of the paint that you’ve applied to the surface.

Now place the foil paper on the surface and use a scrubber brush to scrub hard over the foil paper onto the surface.

Scrub for a few seconds and take off the foil paper. You’ll notice foil stuck on the surface which feels like that the surface is glossy and has a metal finish to it.

Apply this method all around the surface and soon you’ll have a metal finished hammered paint.

Frequently Asked Questions

Question: What’s the difference between hammered and smooth Hammerite?

Answer: The difference is in the finish of both states. Smooth is smooth and hammered is pitted like its been hit with a hammer hence the name.

Question: Can I just paint over rust?

Answer: Yes, fortunately, you can paint over rust. You need to clean off loose rust and flaking paint and then apply a rust-inhibitive primer. There’s no need to get down to bare, shiny metal. You just need to clean off the flakes and powdery surface rust that prevent paint from adhering. 

Question: How do you stop rust coming through paint?

Answer: In this case, a primer can help paint adhere to a rusted metal piece.  But you must remove as much loose rust as possible from the surface first. Or else, loose rust will continue shedding from the metal, pushing the dried paint coat upward until it blisters or peels off.

Question: Can I use rubbing alcohol to clean metal before painting?

Answer: You see, weak solvents like glass cleaners or alcohol will not remove any contaminates. Paint thinners, acetone, and toluene might damage the finish as they are quite strong solvents. So, you should test them first in an inconspicuous area.

Question: Does vinegar remove rust?
Answer: Yes, you can use white vinegar to remove rust. It’s an effective dust remover. The rust dissolves after it reacts with the white vinegar. All you need to do is simply soak the rusty metal object in white vinegar for a couple of hours and then just wipe to remove the rust.

Wrapping Up

Now you know how to make hammered paint over any surface. It’s a time-consuming process as you have to dry all the layers. But the fine look that you get at the end is worth it.

Always wear your safety gloves, mask, and goggles while you’re dealing with the items that might have chemical entities in them.

However, professionals painters are always there to take care of the situation if anything goes wrong. So, go on and start the hammered painting without any worries.