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Unread 09-26-2013, 12:20 PM   #1
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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 didnít 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 donít want to do either. I donít 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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Unread 09-26-2013, 12:34 PM   #2
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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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Unread 09-28-2013, 10:58 AM   #3
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Bulldog (rattle can) etching then prime and paint. Havnt had a color lift yet.
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Unread 09-30-2013, 11:03 AM   #4
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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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