Yes. Yes. You can paint brass. Just like anything else. You just have to be careful with preparation – no surprise there.
This brass pedestal “bowl” was actually the container for a floral arrangement that was given to me many years ago – its diameter is about a foot across. It sat in the basement gathering dust – and spiderwebs – and tarnish – for years, until I recently decided to do something with it.
Here’s what it looked like when I started – dull but not dented. I washed it, gave it a good sanding inside and out, and sprayed it with a generic spray-can grey primer. I used spray because it was fast and easy and got in all those little furrowed patterns.
Then I painted it. Whenever I do small items, I use my “signature” daubing technique. I use a little sponge brush, dip its edge into the paint, and daub daub dab dab daub daub dab – you get the picture – all over the item I’m working on. It’s slow and mindless but kind of fun. It tales 2 or 3 or 4 “coats” but it dries quickly, and it produces a rather nice, ever so slightly nubbly appearance. You can’t see this particularly well on the bowl, but it is quite evident on this little frame from another project.