"I [find] the pulls in the hardcore hardware aisle (not the same aisle as the regular knobs and pulls). This aisle has window sash pulls, latches, hinges and garage door pulls. I love chunky and squared off [designs]."
"Some people might want to use a deglosser or a TSP spray as a first step before spray painting hardware, but I sort of feel like the primer makes that effort unnecessary. Depending on the existing finish you're working with, deglosser can make for a slightly uneven finish - it can sort of gunk things up sometimes and you never really know when. So I think it's best to only use it if you have to. I do lightly sand the top of the hardware first, just to make sure there are no bumps or residue anywhere. Then I flip them over and spray the underside first."
"The key, always and every time you're painting anything, is to do multiple light coats with drying time in between. Even and maybe especially with your primer. After two good coats on the back side, I flip the hardware over and spray the tops."
"If you notice any bumps, drips or dust specs, leave them to dry and then lightly sand them off after the primer has cured. Often dust specs will just wipe away with a cloth after the paint has dried. Don't mess with wet paint!"
Two Last Things…
"I [use a] spray lacquer on the tops…to give it an extra layer of protection. It can change the look of the finish a bit (the extra layer changes the way the light refracts). When installing the pulls it's a good idea to drill pilot holes first just to ensure you're installing them in the exact right spot."