How to Paint a Safe

Painting a safe can actually help hide the fact that it is a safe.

Metal requires a little more work so the coat of paint will adhere to the safe. You will also need to use a special paint that is designed specifically for metal. Spray paints tend to be the best choice.

Rough up the entire surface of the safe with the wire brush. Some areas may require more work than others because of paint bubbling or rust. Get the hard-to-reach areas with heavy-grit sandpaper.

Tape off all areas the paint can over spray onto. This is important since spray paint will travel through the air. Safes also tend to be heavy and you may not be able to move your particular safe.

Spray the paint onto the safe. Hold the can 12 inches from the surface and move in lateral movements using small, short bursts to apply the paint. This will limit the possibility of drips and runs. Allow it to dry, then add a second coat.

Things You Will Need

  • Wire brush
  • Heavy-grit sandpaper
  • Masking tape
  • Heavy craft paper
  • Metal-specific spray paint

About the Author

Philip Powe started writing in 1987 for St. Louis area newspapers. He has since written for "St. Clair County Historical Society Journal" and the "American Association of State and Local Historians Journal." Concentrations are in home and garden, philosophy and history. Powe holds a Master of Arts in intellectual history from Southern Illinois University.