My Steel Flask Adventures
Updated: Jan 19, 2022
I love exploring different surfaces to paint on and seeing what happens; seeing which medium works and which lasts, that sort of thing. I have a half gallon steel thermos flask that I got from Wal-Mart. Whilst, banging my head against the wall trying to figure out what I was going to do with this creative block, I came across some Instagram/Tik Tok videos of people painting on their Hydroflasks and thought I could do something so much cool AND something that could last. There was no way their basic acrylic paints were going to survive on that surface.
So, of course, I got to work.
Here's what I used:
Krylon Color Master spray paint (black) - I could've made due without it, honestly. Sites were telling me to prime it and the acrylic paint would last, but I learned later I really didn't need to but I did prefer black. My flask was a shiny silver and I put a matte black.
Angelus Direct 2-hard - this is specifically for hard surfaces. Like you know those really old or really futuristic shoes that have like a plastic surface? This is what you'll mix with the paint to get it to stay. Did I know it would work on the steel? No. But, it did. This. This is a must.
Angelus Direct Leather Paint - what's crazy is that this is leather paint. They done did something. I don't know what to tell you.
Angelus Direct Acrylic Finisher - also a must. Let the paint completely dry or you're f*cked. Then let the finisher completely dry.
Matte Acrylic Finishing spray (not pictured here) - this was just a safety measure for my sanity. I'd be uber pissed if it started coming off. But I'm 99.999% sure the magic is in the Angelus brand.
Angelus Direct Acrylic Leather Paint is That. B*tch. I'm not sponsored, by the way, but let them know I'm out here hyping them up and we can make something happen.
Here's the end result:
The steel surface made me think of Iron Man. And there he is.
It actually wasn't as hard as I thought it would be. I'll have a video posted below of the process from beginning to end.
The curved surface, as you can imagine is also a trip, but my favorite part was applying the highlights to the metal suit. *muah* it was beautiful. I think you'll catch a glimpse in the video if it isn't to fast.
This video was right after it was dry. It's been two months now and we're going strong, surviving drops, hitting against things, and me doing this. The black spray paint started chipping on all other parts that doesn't have the design (that's why I said I could've done without it, but whatever). Experimentation, experimentation, experimentation.