Better paint or roll Hammerite

The manufacturer of the well-known hammer finish paint, Hammerite, does not explicitly recommend any application method. Products can be processed with rollers, brushes and appropriately diluted by spraying. Many users report increased requirements in order to avoid runners and nose formation. Appropriate painting tools are important.

A thick application makes the hammering effect easier and stronger

The Hammerite is best known for its paintwork with the typical hammered look. The product range includes acrylic paints and alkyd resin paints. In order to create the optical effect of the hammer blow, the corresponding paint must run "in itself". This can be done better with a brush or a suitable roller, depending on the surface and the skill level.

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Using it as a spray paint makes even higher demands, since the principle "a lot helps a lot" generally leads to a hammered look, but is more difficult to achieve when spraying. In the area of directly processable one-component paints, Hammerite is valued as one of the best products on the market.

Suitable painting tools


  • solvent resistant
  • with split bristle tips


  • solvent resistant
  • Foam
  • for acrylic lacquers flocked with felt
  • Moss roll

Spray paint

  • Varnish diluted with nitro from a spray can or paint spray system (pressure gun)

Rolling and brushing can also be combined well to support the effect. The varnish is applied generously with the roller and then "dabbed" on the sides and corners with a brush. This briefly interrupts the adhesion of the surface and triggers the paint to run.

The effect of the hammer blow is created by mixing two or three colors (gray and green tones). The more evenly they were "stirred ", the more promising the desired image is with the dried paint. According to the majority of users, the effect is easier to implement with a role.

If the paint or varnish begins to run, it should be reworked immediately with a roller. The "painting" is similar to removing water and must be done in the wet paint if possible. If necessary, lightly drizzling or dipping the roller or brush in a little nitro thinner can make the correction easier. The optical effect darkens in the areas of large gradient.

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