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Unread 09-01-2012, 11:53 AM   #1
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Painting with Rustoleum spray cans...

I'm in the process of coating my new Rokmen gas tank skid and rear bumper. I sanded the bare metal with 400 grist then cleaned everything with acetone first. Hit it with a few coats of Rusto Self Etching Primer then a wet sand with 400 grit again.

Now that I'm ready for the top coat I'm looking for some tips on getting a quality finish . Will be shooting Rusto Semi-Gloss. Is it ok to put on a few coats then wet-sand when it's fully cured, and then hit it again?

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Dupli color spray paint works the best in my opinion. I hit my tacomas played feont bumper with aome dupli about two years ago now and it still looks good.
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Just spray it in several light coats,no need to sand in between coats if done within the same day....the common rustoleom will cure enough in 15 minutes to 1/2 hour for recoats...it best to get all coats on before fully cured,for the fact your getting a "chemical bond" verses a "machinical bond"

I the case of needing a good tough enamel,i prefer rustoleum over dupli-color,its a much tougher product
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Just spray it in several light coats,no need to sand in between coats if done within the same day....the common rustoleom will cure enough in 15 minutes to 1/2 hour for recoats...it best to get all coats on before fully cured,for the fact your getting a "chemical bond" verses a "machinical bond"

I the case of needing a good tough enamel,i prefer rustoleum over dupli-color,its a much tougher product
Interesting point about chemical vs mechanical bond. Never considered that. With this project I did four coats of black over the self etching primer. Not totally satisfied with the coverage and would like to hit it again. Tomorrow night the required 48hrs will be up for drying. Think I should give it a wet sand at this point or just spray away?
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It would never hurt to sand it again,if anything not sanding it could be a downfall,so sanding it again would be extra insurance
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It would never hurt to sand it again,if anything not sanding it could be a downfall,so sanding it again would be extra insurance
Alright, thanks for the info. Will give it a shot.
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Alright, thanks for the info. Will give it a shot.
How did this turn out? Any Pics?
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How did this turn out? Any Pics?
Hey, sorry it took me so long to post some updates . So far I've painted:

Rokmen Rear Bumper
Rokmen Gas Tank Skid
Rokmen Sliders


I started all of these parts off with an acetone wipe-down, 400 grit sanding, then another acetone wipe-down. I then shot everything with Self-Etching Primer, followed a few minutes later by the first coat of Rusto Semi-Gloss Black. I went with several light coats a few minutes apart, then when I had everything totally covered with Semi-Gloss Black I let it all dry for 48hrs. With the size of these parts it's difficult to get nice, even coverage so after the 48hr dry time I inspected everything closely. If I felt as though I didn't have enough coverage in a certain area I lightly sanded with 400 grit, wiped clean then shot another layer or two of paint.

For all of these parts I must have used 8 cans of Rusto Semi-Gloss plus maybe 6 cans of the primer. Started getting expensive . It's a time consuming process due to the drying times but if you're patient and do it right you'll get good results : . Also, get yourself one of the grip attachments like in the pic below. Makes a HUGE difference and it's only $7. Your finger will thank you!

Next up will be painting my rims with Rusto wheel paint :
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oh nice! looks awesome.

I have a question about the hardness of the paint. How long did you have to wait until the paint fully hardened? I painted a couple items a few weeks ago, with I believe the same kind of paint, and even after a week of drying it still seems to scratch pretty easily. Then maybe after two to three weeks, it seemed pretty hard. What was your experience with the hardening process?
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I've heard that it takes weeks for the paint to fully cure but don't have any solid facts on that. I painted my GenRight front bumper using the same method last summer and it's held up VERY well. I haven't scraped it across a rock or bashed it into anything yet though. Either way, I don't expect any paint to remain if any of these parts encounter rocks/trees etc. But that's the great thing... just break out the spray can and cover up.
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