Thursday, September 25, 2014

Mirror Spray Painted Bottles

I have been wanting to try that wonderful mirror spray paint for some time.  It looks beautiful but I was a little worried.  I am not the best spray painter.  Usually my husband will take over the job and I just blink my eyes and say, "Honey, can you help me with this one too".  However, this time I did it myself.

First I started with a whole pile of old bottle. (I have a few projects going).  I don't even drink.  I collected these from a local restaurant.  The bottles I mirrored are from syrups, jams and iced coffee!

Step 1: Clean Clean  Clean

I soaked these bottles to loosen the labels.  After I could peel most of the label off I mixed up a recipe I found on pinterest. 

Goo Gone Recipe

1 part vegetable oil with 
2 parts baking soda. 

 Just mix it in a little dish.  This gives us an oily substance with a little abrasiveness for scrubbing power.  

Rub it all over the jar.

Let it sit for 5 minutes.

Wash it off.

Next I washed them in hot soapy water and let them dry.

Step 2:  Paint

Take your nice clean dry jars outside.  I seriously hate the smell of spray paint so I only use it outside.  For this project I used Krylon Looking Glass.  
I sprayed the bottoms first. It took at least 3 coats to get good coverage.  When the bottoms were dry, I stood them up and painted the rest of the bottle.  

They turned out great.  

Things I Learned

1. This paint surprised me at first.  It comes out a bit more powerful than most paint.  Hard to keep it from running.  I would advise practicing on something you don't have your heart set on.

2.  Looking Glass paint is suppose to be sprayed from the back side to turn out like a mirror.  On a skinny bottle this is not possible.  It still is reflective just not as much as if you had sprayed from the inside.

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