This weekend, the Artist and I tried to do a project, and it failed. So sad.
To start off with, do you remember the awesome artwork we did together for Valentine’s Day? If you don’t you should check it out. That one turned out SO much better than this one did.
So, we started off with that artwork, which was looking awesome in its awful brass picture frame. We didn’t want the picture frame to be brass anymore, so we decided to go for a polished chrome.
Feeling very sure of ourselves, we bought a metal primer and the chrome paint.
So we got straight to work. We found a paved empty lot near our house, a beautiful day and some newspapers and set to work priming. We got two coats of primer on and everything looked great.
Then we got out our exciting chrome paint and put on a couple coats.
It was such a beautiful day that we went for a walk for a few hours so the paint could dry. It was when we came back that we realized something might be wrong. Barely touching it left a really obvious finger print. Trying to pick it up had us getting scratches in the paint. When it rained on Sunday and we realized that we wouldn’t be able to do another coat, we went ahead and put the art back in the frame. Big mistake. Just lying it face down on the table scratched off a bunch of the paint, and now it looks pretty bad. What’s interesting is that the primer is sticking pretty well, it’s only the chrome paint that’s behaving badly.
Here’s a closeup so you can see what it looks like. (Ignore the drip. That’s a separate problem. We WERE just going to sand it off and reapply, but now we’ll have to redo the whole thing.
On the bright side, it happens to not be terribly distracting from a distance.
When the weather gets nice we’ll have to do something about it, though I’m not sure what yet. Do any of our readers happen to be paint chemists who could possibly give suggestions? Maybe about why our paint won’t stick to the primer?