What kind of paint do you use on champagne bottles?

What kind of paint do you use on champagne bottles?

You've been seeing these gorgeous hand-painted custom champagne bottles around, maybe on Pinterest, maybe on Instagram, perhaps you even attended a bridal shower where the bride received this perfect personalized gift.  But you've been wondering...what kind of paint is used on a champagne bottle?  What are the steps necessary to bring about one these impeccable presents? Look no further, I have the answers right here.  For a step-by-step guide on how to paint a champagne bottle, see my previous step-by-step guide blog post.  

The Foundation: Gesso or Spray Paint

The first decision you will have to make is how to lay the foundation for the acrylic or glass paint you will eventually paint on the bottle.  I like to gesso with a sponge brush or more recently I have been using spray paint after taping the labels.    

Why Spray Paint?

Spray painting a champagne bottle allows for a smooth and even application of paint, giving you a professional-looking finish. It also dries quickly, making it a convenient option for those looking to add a pop of color to their celebrations in no time.

What is Gesso?  

Gesso is the layer artists paint on a canvas before starting the painting.  It helps paints adhere to surfaces, whether they be canvas or glass.  

Choosing the Right Paint

When selecting a spray paint for your champagne bottle, opt for a paint specifically designed for glass or metal surfaces. This will ensure better adhesion and longevity of the paint job. I like to use Rustoleum 2X Ultracover because it is a paint and primer in one.

Technique Matters

Very important: practice first on an empty bottle or inexpensive bottle!  You want to pass over the surface once and not repeat on that surface until it had dried.  My first time I was spraying away and ended up with awful drip marks everywhere!  Hold the spray paint can about 6-8 inches away from the champagne bottle and apply thin, even coats of paint. Allow each coat to dry before applying the next one to prevent drips or uneven coverage. You can also experiment with different colors and finishes to achieve the desired look. 

Finishing Touches

After you have a base layer in either gesso or spray paint, you are ready to paint your bottle using glass paint or acrylic paint.  Get my free guide to all the supplies you'll need by entering your email in the pop-up form.  I will email you the free guide right away!  With these simple steps, you can transform your ordinary champagne bottles into eye-catching decor pieces that are sure to impress your guests, hosts, friends and loved ones. So, the next time you have a special event or celebration, consider adding a personal touch with a painted champagne bottle.

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