Benjamin Moore’s Molten Metallics: Tips and Tricks

Finally got around to trying out Benjamin Moore’s Molten Metallics! Here are some tips for getting the best results from this fantastic new paint collection.

Colors Used + Plan of Attack

I purchased two quarts of Charcoal to paint an armoire, and ended up only needing one. It wasn’t entirely clear to me when looking at the thumbnail on the website, but the Charcoal color is not dark grey, it’s actually black! When I opened the can and painted the first few strokes, I was a little surprised, but I went with it and it ended up looking great. Since it’s black, it doesn’t instantly give the impression of being metallic. It is a very shiny, light-reflecting black paint with the signature Molten Metallics texture. For a dark silver grey, I’m guessing Gunsmoke would be the better option.

I also ordered a quart of Silver, originally meant for adding chevron stripes to the armoire doors. I ended up deciding I liked the sleek look of solid black for the armoire, so I used the Silver for painting a small side table instead.

Armoire before paintingSide table before painting, Benjamin Moore Molten Metallics

(Left: Armoire before, Right: Side table before)

Before Painting

– Make sure you have paint thinner/solvent if you plan on reusing your brushes! You won’t be able to get away with just using water for this sticky high gloss paint.

– It will also be difficult to get any rogue paint off of your skin, so if you’re a messy painter you may want to consider wearing disposable gloves.

Get Painting!

– As with any new paint, it’s a good idea to begin painting on a less visible area so you can become accustomed to the paint before painting the more visible areas. Molten Metallics paint is no exception. (Though these tips should also help you achieve the desired outcome, of course.)

– Definitely follow the directions on the can and paint two THIN coats rather than trying to get away with one thick coat. Because of the way Molten Metallics paint dries with a hammered metal effect, the underlying color will still be pretty visible after the first thin coat is applied. But don’t worry! The second coat will achieve full coverage.

Armoire side after first coat, Benjamin Moore Molten Metallics CharcoalArmoire doors, left two coats, right one coat, Benjamin Moore Molten Metallics Charcoal

(Left: Side of armoire after one coat of Charcoal, Right: Left door with two coats, right door with one)

– If possible, paint the surface as it is laying down flat. The paint will not drip, which will allow you to paint on a slightly thicker coat. For items that must remain standing, such as the armoire seen here, painting in thin coats is extra important. The paint is thick, and what may look like a good “molten” texture at first may soon succumb to the pull of gravity and turn into an undesirable, drippy mess, which I learned the hard way. :/ Luckily I caught my mistake soon enough that I could spread out the drips.

– Be sure to wait until the first coat dries completely before painting the second coat. I waited about 24 hours, but it’s probably not necessary to wait a full day as long as the first coat is dry.

Side table after one coat, Benjamin Moore Molten Metallics SilverSide table after two coats, Benjamin Moore Molten Metallics Silver

(Left: Side table after one coat of Silver, Right: Side table after two coats of Silver)

After Painting

– As mentioned before, get those brushes in some paint solvent!

– Finally, step back and admire your work. You now have a gorgeous, personalized, metallic accent piece that is ready to shine as it’s shown off to the world.

Armoire after two coats, complete, Benjamin Moore Molten Metallics CharcoalSide table after two coats, complete, Benjamin Moore Molten Metallics Silver

Side table detail texture, Benjamin Moore Molten Metallics Silver

Side table texture detail, Benjamin Moore Molten Metallics Silver

Gorgeous texture!

Has anyone tried other Molten Metallics colors? We’d love to see how it turned out!


  1. I just bought Gold, Charcoal and Gunsmoke today…surprisingly Gunsmoke is darker than Charcoal, go figure. The Gold is a deep amber and has a highly visible hammered look like your silver does above. I am repainting a wrought iron chandelier, fingers crossed that I do as good of a job as you did.

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