Ok just a quick follow up on this.
Following Dudley's comment on using a good spray paint
, I ended up sending an email to Krylon paints, explaining the project of turning copper-plated cabinet handles to a silver finish, and the requirement for a very durable and chip resistant paint
. They answered very quickly, suggesting their Rust Tough products for this application, as they are the most scratch and abrasion resistant paint
they offer in aerosol cans. Although a primer is not usually required for these paints, they also suggested using their Rust Tough Primer for added protection.
Rust ToughÂ® Rust Preventative Enamel - | Krylon
Rust ToughÂ® Primer - | Krylon
So considering a couple rattle cans don't cost a fortune, I'll certainly give it a try. If it turns out not resistant enough, I guess it will always be possible to remove that paint and have them electroplated if this is feasible.