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Old 12-31-2008, 10:50 AM   #1
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Default Painting Aluminum

I have some aluminum parts that I want to paint to match the cart. Anyone have info/advice on metal preparation? If I remember correctly paint doesnt stick real well to aluminum. I'm definately not a painter but I can do this.
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Old 12-31-2008, 11:54 AM   #2
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scuff with a red scotebrite and use some etching primer
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Old 12-31-2008, 12:36 PM   #3
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Powder Coat!

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Old 12-31-2008, 12:55 PM   #4
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Powder coating is the way to go. Colors out the wazzu. We got an eastwood hotcoat gun and it works great for small stuff. All you need is an oven.

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Old 01-04-2009, 09:03 PM   #5
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If none of the above is available....... use Zinc Chromate primer. It's what is used on air planes.
(Usually a pea green color)
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Old 01-04-2009, 09:11 PM   #6
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Powdercoating sounds nice but I dont have an oven handy, at least one I'm willing to cure in. I am probably going to have to be happy with good prep, zinc chromate primer and a rattle can. Its easier to touch up later.
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Old 01-04-2009, 09:49 PM   #7
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scuff with a red scotebrite and use some etching primer
yes defiantly use etching primer
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Old 01-05-2009, 09:29 AM   #8
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If none of the above is available....... use Zinc Chromate primer. It's what is used on air planes.
(Usually a pea green color)


Most marine suppliers will have Zinc Chromate in rattle cans (sold under the Tempo brand).. It's usually with the outboard motor touch up paint.. Also, use it in a WELL VENTILATED area and wear a respirator... Zinc Chromate is some NASTY crap if inhaled!!!

Pettit also markets a brush on Zinc Chromate primer that's a bit easier on the fumes..

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Old 01-05-2009, 09:48 AM   #9
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CC-John - Thanks. That might help. Lots of duck hunters around here. They should be getting that primer somewhere.
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Old 01-05-2009, 09:51 AM   #10
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http://www.tempoproducts.com/search....=zinc+chromate
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