Enter one brassy fireplace:
(image via lowes.com)
When they say it's thin, think thiiiin. As in if I applied the coats lightly enough to prevent dripping, I could see the brass color. And it was shiny. Maybe I didn't stir the paint well enough. Maybe I got a bad can. I don't know.
Woe! The original brass could not be restored: I had sanded it down as part of the prep. I was so upset I couldn't take any photos. Think shiny, lumpy, incomplete coverage.
(image via amazon.com)and voila!
here's a close-up:
Note #1, the spray is a flatter, grey-er black than the commercial finish. I think with better prep (eg primer) the brush on application is better to touch up a fireplace that already has some black.
Note #2, the spray on comes in two versions: high gloss and the flat, above. Make sure you're getting what you want!
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