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Old May 7th, 2013, 07:26 PM
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Thinking about painting my galvanized bulkhead!

Though it looks great galvanized, I'm considering painting it.

Have you used anything that you were happy with over galvanize?
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Old May 7th, 2013, 07:29 PM
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It will not stick. Until someone shows me something galvanized that was painted more than ten years ago, I refuse to believe paint sticks to hot dipped galvanized parts.
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Old May 7th, 2013, 07:43 PM
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Please don't paint your galv. Every case of painted galv that I've seen or heard about, the paint peeled within a few years. At work a coatings contractor swore up and down that they had a process to get paint to adhere to galv. structural members and two years later it is coming off in sheets.
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Old May 7th, 2013, 07:43 PM
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It will not stick. Until someone shows me something galvanized that was painted more than ten years ago, I refuse to believe paint sticks to hot dipped galvanized parts.
I thought a lot of factory body parts like fenders and hoods etc. on other makes and models of automobiles are galvanized and painted. Are they galvanized with a different process than hot dipped?
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Old May 7th, 2013, 07:47 PM
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Sounds absurd, but what about powdercoating it (if you can find the right color match)? Or is galvy not a fan of that either?

But I've often though the same thing, though many seem to paint a galvy bulkhead I'd often wondered if it'd stand the long-term test of time.
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Old May 7th, 2013, 07:50 PM
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I guess body panels are "Electro-galvanized" not hot dipped.
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Old May 7th, 2013, 10:45 PM
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OK, we'll maybe I need to look at this a little deeper.
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Old May 8th, 2013, 09:22 AM
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You should follow the ASTM D 6386 specification.
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I decided to leave mine bare because of the same reasons... even paint that claims to work seems to come off sooner or later. Never looked into powder coating ($$) but wonder if it would work? Maybe call a place and just ask...
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I'm going to paint mine. We'll see how it turns out. I painted my B-pillars last year. My truck stays outside 24x7 (won't fit in my garage) and no paint loss yet.
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I love google...


http://www.galvanizeit.org/online-se...ing-hdg-steel/
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I plan on painting mine too. I love galvy but don't think the truck looks right with the bulkhead unpainted. Not sure what I'll for prep yet but will worry about it then
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These guys have great info.

They have a guide too.

http://www.galvanizeit.org/about-hot...vanized-steel/
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Very interesting.
I tried painting my galvanised bulkhead from new, all the paint is now off after 5 years and it's well weathered.
Maybe I'll try again as its been in a bare state for at least 2 years now. The B posts have held up much better but are peeling after 5 years.
Wondering about the chassis which I never tried to paint - 5 years of weathering.
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I was going to try a small test patch to see how well it sticks.
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Hammond, use epoxy 2 part primer before the color coat and it should last.
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We paint hot dipped lighting poles all the time-- so it is absolutely possible and lasts decades. My own attempts, using self-etching primer, has not been very successful. Personally, I don't like galv finish-- I would have it painted.
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I painted mine on my ser. III about 3 years ago. Epoxy primer and single stage on top of the galvy.. Save yourself the time and effort and leave it alone if looks are not a priority. My truck was rebuilt for function and not for looks so I do not care that it is beginning to flake off.
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We paint hot dipped lighting poles all the time-- so it is absolutely possible and lasts decades. My own attempts, using self-etching primer, has not been very successful. Personally, I don't like galv finish-- I would have it painted.
Care to share the secret for which many travelers have ventured far and wide in search of?
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