Vintage brass lamps – Antiquing a brass lamp requires brown or black spray paint, glaze and bronze paint. This is an effective way to have the look of old antique lamps at no cost. Antique is a simple concept, but it may take several attempts to obtain the desired effect. Before changing the finish of your good lamps, you can try your hand at antiquing an inexpensive lamp first.
How to paint shiny vintage brass lamps; wash the area of the lamp to be painted with warm soapy water. Do not immerse the lamp when you wash it. Rinse off the soap with a clean, damp cloth, and then wipe the lamp. Scuff the surface of the lamp with 220-grit sandpaper. Sand up and down or around the lamp. Cover the bulb socket, light switch, and a 6-inch section of the conduit with painter’s tape. The tape will protect the areas of the lamp, you do not want painted.
After that to paint shiny vintage brass lamps, set the lamp upright and use brown or black spray paint to coat the entire surface of the lamp. Mix half of pt. of glaze with semi-pt. bronze paint in a plastic bowl. Apply the paint to the lamp with 1-inch chip brush, starting at the top of the lamp and working your way down to the bottom until you have covered the entire lamp. Drag a toothpick through the glaze paint from the top of the lamp to the base to give it lined appearance found on brushed antique brass. Spray a polyurethane clear coat on the lamp to protect the new finish.