Prep your blade surface by washing the blade and lightly sanding the surface to remove any rust and sharp spots. Be careful while sanding the blade if it is rusting! You may want to wear gloves and a face mask to keep from inhaling the particles. Wet sanding with 300 grit seemed to do the trick for me. I decided to wet sand to help cut back on the dust since my blade had started to show rust in some spots, and it also helps to keep the blade from getting deep scratches that may be noticeable when painted over. One you have the blade clean and free of spots and rust you can let it sit a few minutes to make sure you didn’t miss anything.
Step two is to use a metal primer to coat the surface of the blade. This step is important because it not only helps prevent the blade from further rust, it will help the acrylic paint stick to the surface. We placed mine inside a cardboard box with a thick metal wire running through the hole in the center which we then poked through the sides of the box to suspend it. You may also choose to use a nail and hang it from the center on a wooden board. I wanted to be able to prime both sides at once so it made more sense for me to suspend mine. I chose krylon metal primer spray paint in white. Worked like a charm. Be careful to not over spray it because the primer will run and you will likely have to sand it again. Leave the blade sitting until it is completely dry!! I let mine sit for roughly 35 minutes, and it was completely dry at that point.
Paint!! This is the fun part! You are now ready to try your up cycled canvas. I used Liquitex basics acrylic paint. If you are new to my blog posts you may not know this about me, but I love liquitex!
Once you have painted your blade, let it sit to dry again. This step is also important if you plan to seal the surface! You don’t want to accidentally seal moisture in! It can distort, discolor or even cause issues with the paint sticking.
After you determine that the paint is completely dry, you can seal your painting. There are many kinds of sealer but my favorite is Mod Podge hard coat. I will use mod Podge first to seal the art and then I apply a thin layer of resin coating to some of my work. Let your sealer cure for the recommended time and that’s it! Hang up your beautiful piece of art! Easy and cheap!
I got my saw blades for free, since most people simply throw away their old blades when they begin to get dull and old, it’s usually super easy to find someone willing to give you their old blades. Free art supply!? We love free here!!! So for a grand total of $0 I made something I can enjoy, or I can even gift them for special occasions! All for free!
Go ahead and give it a try! What are you craving to create on your blade! Send pics and I’ll post your pictures to this blog post for others to enjoy!
How To paint saw blades using Acrylic paint
Painting saw blades has been popular for quite some time and I admit, I am loving them right now!
There are many different types of saw blades that have been used, each bringing their own style and charm. The one thing that they all naturally have in common, is a beautiful, rustic feel which makes them perfect canvases. Once painted they can easily be hung as art pieces to bring together any theme you may be going for. Blades usually depict country landscapes, or woodland animals, but you can paint anything so don’t limit your creativity!
I decided I really wanted to try one of these unconventional canvases for myself to see if it was something I’d enjoy, or if it was going to end up being one of those “What did I get myself into!?” Moments. I’m pleased to say it was super easy to prep the blade for paint and the smooth surface was perfect for the use of acrylics. You do have to prep the blade just to help the paint stick and I’ll seal mine once completely finished, but thus far this is how to prep, paint and finish your saw blade, so you can enjoy it for years to come!