You’re obviously in the market and have seen the two types commonly offered, smooth and hammered, but what exactly is the difference between these two Hammerite paints? Well it all comes down to the finish, and is as simple as it sounds, one provides a smooth finish and the other gives a hammered look.
Hammerite smooth vs hammered
Smooth will give a polished smooth, shiny look, essentially like gloss paint. Hammered is completely different. To start with it has metallic flakes in it, then when applied it leaves pits, which gives it a hammered effect. This gives the look of fresh hammered iron straight out of the blacksmith.
Hammerite metal paints can be used in a range of applications but are commonly used for railings. This is where you will see the hammered finish used a lot. It can give cheaper railings the same look as expensive forged railings.
Hammerite smooth paint is the more regular paint. It is used to give lasting protection to a range of metals and applications.
Below is a quick video from a DIY site that I run with my friend who is a professional joiner, you can find that site here if you are interested.
So What Do They Look Like
So let’s get into the finishes so you can see the difference for yourself. Below you will see the Hammered Hammerite finish first.
So here you will see the “pits” this is what makes the hammered finish different. It is intended to look like a hand-forged iron finish and I think it actually does this really well.
Hence the hammered name for the finish. It is intended to look like a metal that has been hand hammered by a blacksmith.
The smooth finish is just what it sounds like, a regular, glossy finish. This is a nice smooth finish that is quite a high gloss.
Hammerite does actually offer a third option here which is a satin finish. Satin is a smooth finish just like Hammerite smooth but it is not quite as glossy.
So the satin finish is the same as smooth but just a little less glossy.