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How to Prepare Metal for Painting

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Check out these useful tips for preparing metal for your next painting project.


Use a dry wire scrubbing sponge to remove rust, dirt and grease from old metal. Try to avoid using water, which may cause the metal to rust further. If you do wash the metal to remove dirt or grease, be sure to let it dry for at least 24 hours before painting.

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What about primer and types of paint, water or oil based. What about spray paint ????

This really doesn't tell much. What about the type of paint and primer and top coat?

In the past I have used flashing which is easy to cut into the size and shape you want. Saw this technique on TV years ago: Sand very thoroughly with a finer grit sandpaper. (Don't remember gage) Wipe off with white vinegar. Let dry, then clean with denatured alcohol. Let dry, then paint using acrylic decorative paints. When dry seal with spray or brush on sealer. I would think you could also use regular house paint, too, as well as permanent markers. Hope this is helpful.

It's possible that I reversed the uses of the vinegar and denatured alcohol. If the paint doesn't stick check to make sure it was well sanded, and that there is no grease or oil residue on the metal.

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