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Old June 17th, 2013, 05:25 PM
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Tips for painting stainless steel

What preparations are necessary to paint stainless steel? Are there specific products for this purpose? I'm planning on sanding the steel, paint with self etching primer then use enamel paint in several thin coats.
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What preparations are necessary to paint stainless steel? Are there specific products for this purpose? I'm planning on sanding the steel, paint with self etching primer then use enamel paint in several thin coats.
That should do it. The alternative is media blasting the surface, though a conversion primer is just as effective for adhesion as media blasting.
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Thanks Brian. I figured it would be pretty straight forward, just curious if there are any tricks that I'm missing.
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Try some Gun-Kote- mil spec, weapons grade, aerospace coatings. Better than powder painting- won't fade, resists paint strippers/acetone. Designed originally as weapon coatings for US Navy SEALS- required something like 300hrs of salt spray, then full auto weapons testing. Great stuff. Glass bead the steel, use their bare metal etcher, spray paint, dry, and bake in an oven for an hour at 325F. Can only be removed by sandblasting. Multiple colors. No affiliation. www.kgcoatings.com I think I have that site
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ps- if you don't want to go that route, get some Dupont Etch Prime- VERY nasty stuff to breath- wear a breather painting mask- even outside. Great stuff. Then paint over- I highly recommend SEM spray paints if you are not gonna use a paint gun. At your auto paint store. IMHO- the SEM paint cans don't clog, and run until the can is empty.... for plastics, use SEM spray Adhesion Enhanser for Plastics, then top coat with SEM Paints. Again, no affiliation- just 40 years worth of turning wrenches on Porsche 911s.....
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Thanks Tim! That was exactly the type of answer I was looking for. I am repainting D rings on a Military Zodiac. They originally came in matte black finish but the paint has worn off during use and abuse. Gun Kote would be ideal except I cannot remove them to bake them. I have sanded them all and will apply self etch primer then proceed with Rustoleum Professional High Performance Enamel Spray Paint.
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Gun-Kote also makes an "Air Cure" coating-doesn't need to be baked. I have not tried it. Would be perfect for marine use... http://www.kgcoatings.com/protective...1200-air-cure/ note the various available colors, including Satin Black. I am not familiar with the Rustoleum paint you mention- my guess Gun-Kote is tougher than any/most spray paints for your use on the Zodiac. Let us know how it works out.
On the KG site- check out all the stuff folks have done on auto parts and guns. I have done 911 valve covers, cooling fans, etc in Satin Red, Black, and then Clear Coated- great results......

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