How To Paint Metal Cabinet Hinges

If your cabinet door hinges are looking worn, you don't have to replace them. A simple paint job will make them look new again. Cabinets used to be made from brass, but now they are made from steel or nickel. It is possible for novice DIY enthusiast to paint the hinges regardless of the metal by following these tips.

Prepare to Work

For this project, you need:

  • work gloves
  • face mask
  • safety glasses
  • small containers
  • cloths
  • cardboard
  • drop cloths, newspapers, or tarp
  • screwdriver small containers
  • polystrene foam sheets
  • toothbrush or wire brush
  • tongs
  • degreasing dish washing liquid or metal cleaner
  • medium-grit sandpaper
  • spray paint for metal

Use the screwdriver to detach the screws from the hinges, set them aside in a small container on polystrene foam with the heads showing, then remove the hinges. You may need to remove the door first.  

Clean the Hinges and Screws

Place the hinges in a small container, and pour metal cleaner or several drops of dish washing liquid in it. Let the hinges soak overnight. While the hinges soak, clean the screws with the toothbrush. 

Once the hinges have soaked take them out with tongs, and lay them on cardboard. Use  a wire brush to scrub remaining debris. Dab the hinges and screws with a cloth to ensure no cleaner remains.  

Sand and Paint

Spread drop cloths, newspaper, or plastic over the work floor. Open windows to ventilate, or work outside, if possible.

Sand the hinges and screw heads with medium-grit sandpaper, and use a cloth to clean sand dust. Sanding primes the area to get it ready for painting. If you prefer, add a clear coat of spray primer. Hold the can six to eight inches away from the hinges, and spray a thin coat, then let it dry.

Spray paint makes the job go faster, but you may also hand paint the hinges and screws. Ensure you use a paint suited for metal, and avoid latex paint, which hinders movement of the hinges

Shake the spray paint can, hold the can about eight inches from the hinges, and apply an even coat of paint. Keep the nozzle moving, so the paint won't collect in one spot.

Let the first coat dry, flip the hinges over, and paint the other side. Insert the screws in a new sheet of polystrene foam,  spray paint them, then let them dry.

Reinstall the doors and hardware after everything dries. If you don't trust your skill, or you think it's time to replace cabinets, consider hiring a contractor, like one from Adams Fine Furniture & Cabinetry.