How to Paint Metal

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1. Read the labels. Make sure your primer and your coat of paint are compatible. If not, your paint job might as well be irrelevant. Check the dry time, too, to make sure you don't put more primer on than you can possibly paint the next day. Planning ahead is always of the utmost importance when painting.

2. Clean off all loose paint, dirt, grease and grime from the surface of your metal. Failure to do so will result in a lousy paint job that does not stick to the metal and will peel off easily. Even oils on the surface that may not be visible will hinder your paint job, so give your metal a thorough rub down even if you don't think it is necessary.

3. Sand down your metal. By sandblasting the surface of your metal, you are ensuring an even longer-lasting and more durable paint job. The rougher your metal, the more it will stick to the surface.

4. Apply a zinc-chromate primer if you are working with rusted metal. Scrape all the loose rust and residual dust off first, and then coat it with this special primer. You don't have to throw that rusted piece of metal out after all. A good paint job can save you time and money on any rusted metal.

5. Double coat with primer. Because metal is extremely prone to the effects of oxidization, more primer is often better for the metal. Not only will it help the top coat of paint stick to the surface, but will also make the metal less vulnerable to the effects of time, especially rust, far into the future. Again, make sure that your primer and top coat of paint are cohesive and will work well together.

6. Paint. Acrylic latex paint is usually the best bet for metal. A cheap metal paint or a spray paint is likely to rub off, forcing you to have to repeat your job sooner than necessary. By being careful and applying your paint evenly on the surface, you can save yourself some major hassles in the future.


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