Choosing Paint Colors For Metal Surfaces

Choosing Paint Colors For Metal Surfaces

While we’re used to painting over wood and concrete, painting on metal is an entirely different story. It is slick and smooth, so double-checking that you have the correct primers, solvents, and paints for metal is absolutely necessary.

If you’re working on a DIY project and you’re surely working with metal surfaces – let’s say a paint job for your gates or a color change for all you interior’s accessories, then you’re in luck.

Below we listed down a para sure guide for the best metal paint colors.





Black or sootbrown is the most popular paint colors for its understated elegance and sophistication. It portrays strength, security, and protection – all primary qualities you want in a gate.

Matte or satin black finishes look best on gates as it absorbs light, appearing smoother and cleaner. Meanwhile, a glossy black finish on a gate can catch the light in a way that distorts, which is something you don’t want.



Cuttlefish is a serious yet friendly, down-to-earth color that communicates security, protection, comfort, and material wealth. This brown with a rusty tone is one of the most popular colors for gates.

If you want to go with the popular modern trend, give your gate a force-rusted finish. Doing so can make it look very natural. Plus, it makes the gate looks like it has been there for a long time.

Cedar Shed


Silver tones are glamorous, sleek, stylish, modern, and graceful. 

While it is almost the same color as bare metal, leaving your metal gates as is is not recommendable. Gates, like any other outdoor fixture, will get bumps, scratches, and rust over time. So a protective layer of paint is always the way to go. 

A silver finish on gates is considered to be a solid choice because unlike black, it looks good in an either matte or glossy finish.



Bergamot and green tones, in general, are all good things. A true earth tone, the color of spring, of renewal and birth. It renews drained energy and restores back a sense of well-being.

It is an ideal color for all structures and accessories as if can blend perfectly in any outdoor setting, from fencing to furniture.

Chalk White


White is color in its purest form. It is purity, innocence, wholeness, and completion. It represents new beginnings, a blank canvas that can open and inspire the mind to create.

White is the ideal option for traditional-style homes because of its classic All-American curb appeal. If your house already has a white trim as an accent on its exterior, pairing it with a white painted fence creates a cohesive look. Plus, if you have a garden, white accents make brightly colored flowers and plants stand out more.





Gold has been long associated with royalty. It is associated with success, luxury, prestige, affluence, wealth, and extravagance.

Gold accents are a hot trend in modern homes these days. If you’re going for a glamorous and glitzy vibe in your home all year round, start your redecorating project with this color.

Fruit Punch


Bronze and copper are earth tones that are often associated with humility. It indicated stability, security, and sturdiness.

Adding this color to your interior and decoration lends an industrial rustic chic vibe to your home. 


Start your metal projects with COLORQuick Quick Dry Enamel by Island Paints!

COLORQUICK is an alkyd-based enamel paint with no lead. Specially formulated to provide durable and high-gloss finish over wood and metal surfaces. It is also weather-resistant, making it perfect for interior and exterior works. 

For more info about COLORQuick, click here.



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