Painting 6061 T6
Ok, so I have a lot of Savvy armor on my Jeep, and I am having a hard time getting paint to stick. I cleaned it with acetone and used a self¬-etching primer. I rattle canned it flat black. Most of the paint came off and it looks like hell. I tried an epoxy primer/paint and didn’t fair much better, and that was definitely not UV resistant. I stopped in the local auto paint shop and they suggested either powdercoat, or plasti-dip. I don’t want to do either. I don’t mind buying a paint gun and stepping up from a spray can, I just want it flat or satin black and something that will stand up.
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You need to sandblast it or use a die grinder with a red scotch brite pad, then use MEK to clean. A 2 part epoxy primer is what I would use right after cleaning before the aluminum oxidizes again.
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Savvy armor is made of aluminum, so you need products that are especially for aluminum. An alodine wash (chromate conversion) or products that contain alodine prepare the aluminum to accept a paint coating. It's possible that the alodine may turn the aluminum slightly gold in color.
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