Can you use Hammerite on Perspex?

So you’ve got a tin of Hammerite and some perspex plastic you want to paint, but can you use Hammerite on perspex? Well, there is only one way to know for sure, and that’s to test it. So that’s what I did, grabbed some Hammerite, both hammered and smooth and painted a perspex sheet I had up at the workshop. So let’s see how I got on in this test.

Can you use Hammerite on Perspex?

Yes, you can. My testing found that Hammerite can be painted onto perspex. It covers well and adheres well to the plastic and doesn’t chip off.

The Test

So how did I come to the conclusion above? Well, the simple answer is I tested it. If you want to know more about the testing and see me actually painting some perspex with Hammerite then read on.

Painting hammerite with a roller
Painting hammerite onto perspex with a roller

Painting Hammerite Hammered on perspex

I started with Hammered Hammerite, this paint has a “Hammered” texture when finished to give the look of forged metal. To see more about the difference between hammered and smooth Hammerite read my article here.

I applied the paint using a roller, it went on to the perspex really easy and didn’t feel at all like I was painting a strange surface.

I did wonder whether the Hammered look would take effect on this smooth surface but after a short wait, it started to appear as usual.

Hammerite Hammered After Being Rolled
Hammerite Hammered After Being Rolled

Once dried the paint was as hard as it always is, I can confidently say you can use Hammerite hammered on perspex, now to try out the smooth.

Hammerite Hammered Once Dried
Hammerite Hammered Once Dried

Painting Hammerite smooth on perspex

So with the hammered now done it is time to try out the smooth Hammerite paint.

I again applied this using a foam roller, but this didn’t really work too well as it left a pattern in the smooth paint. Nothing to do with painting perspex and more about using a roller but I thought I would mention it.

Painting Hammerite Smooth onto perspex With A Roller
Painting Hammerite Smooth onto perspex With A Roller

Apart from the little bit of pattern left by the roller, the Hammerite paint was really easy to apply to the perspex.

It went on just like it would on a metal surface.

Hammerite Smooth After Being Applied With A Roller
Hammerite Smooth After Being Applied With A Roller

Here you can see the paint before drying. You can see the bit of orange peel pattern that I was talking about earlier.

Hammerite Smooth Once Dried
Hammerite Smooth Once Dried

And here it is now fully dried. Just like the Hammered Hamemrite the smooth paint has hardened well and stuck to the perspex really well.

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Sam Wood

Wood by name, wood by nature. I am a fully qualified, time-served, award-winning joiner with an NVQ Level 3 in Carpentry and Joinery as well as an HNC in Construction. Beyond my joinery qualifications, I have also earned a degree in building surveying. I believe these qualifications make me perfectly positioned to provide expert advice on many different areas of DIY as well as share all of the tips I have picked up in over a decade working on building sites!

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