I know some of you guys do not think too much of me due to my *past*
behaviour here but I have a metal-related question I was hoping to get some
It has to do with painting metal....not actually building anything, although
I *do* know how to weld.
I've got a couple of sturdy chairs with metal frames. I'm guessing they are
steel frames and they are painted an ungodly combination of colours. I want
to repaint them and bring them to *one* decent colour so I can use them in
my home. What I am wondering is this.....
Do I prime them with a primer first before I paint them *or* can I simply
paint them outright with a paint made for metal?
Thanks in advance for any replies
You should be able to just paint them with most any kind of paint. If
I understand you correctly, you are painting the old paint, not the
metal. So you don't need metal paint or primer. If there are large
spots of bare metal, then clean and prime.
There are no spots of bare metal. I am painting over old paint but since
I've never painted metal before I was unsure
of the correct way to go about it.
I've got experience with wood but metal is unknown to me.
Thanks for the quick answer Dan. Now I can head to Canadian Tire and get
started this afternoon.
Please remember this is rec.crafts.METALWORKING. So no questions or
comments about metal or metalworking are allowed. Only off topic
questions and comments. Especially political comments. Please direct
your metalworking questions to the apprpriate group. But just to be
courteous I will answer your question this one time. If the existing
paint is sticking well already then just sand and paint. If paint is
missing in some spots you may want to feather the paint around the
missing paint and prime the area. If you use sandable primer then you
can sand it after priming to get a smooth surface.
I have been painting small items lately and this is what I do.
Brush off the dirt.
Wirebrush off loose stuff.
Wipe object with mineral spirits.
Blow dry with compressed air.
I like to brush paint and I have lots of those both in latex and alkyd
or polyurethane. Lay on as many coats with good brush until lhe thing
looks good from arm's length.
Admire your work.When it doesn't smell anymore bring it into the house.