With frequent wear and exposure to the elements, the gold buckles on your shoes, belts or coats may appear dull and drab. A fresh coat of silver spray paint, however, can update your faded and unsightly gold-colored buckles in an instant. Whether you are a spray-painting novice or an upcycling expert, you can transform and add polish to your old gold buckles with a metallic or muted shade of silver paint.
Prepare an area for spray painting. Cover a table with newspaper and tape it down or spread some newspaper in the grass or other outdoor area.
Place the buckles on the newspaper. If you are painting a buckle that's attached to a belt, try to remove the buckle first. If removal is not possible, cover any exposed leather or fabric around the buckle with masking tape to avoid getting paint on it.
Spray the buckles with a top-quality spray paint designed for metal. Be sure to turn the buckle over to coat all of the metal. You may want to wear a pair of latex gloves to avoid getting paint on your skin.
Let the paint dry for the amount of time suggested for the paint brand you've used.
Check the buckle for any bare spots you may have missed.
Add another coat if the gold hue isn't completely covered. Repeat the process for as many coats as you desire.
Be aware that paint, no matter how high the quality, is always subject to scratching. If your buckle gets scratched and the original gold color shows through, re-paint the area.
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Sarah Schreiber has been writing since 2004, with professional experience in the nonprofit and educational sectors as well as small business. She now focuses on writing about travel, education and interior decorating and has been published on Trazzler and various other websites. Schreiber received a Bachelor of Arts in mass communications.