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Unread 09-29-2010, 05:16 PM   #1
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Hi-Lift painting advice

Hey guys,

A while ago I got my hands on an old Hi-lift for free...

The thing was jammed in grease & mud so I disassembled it and removed all the mud & grease, and also removed most of the old paint.... Got new pins and now I'm going to paint it, here is the question...

I can take it to powder coating ($$$), or I can buy rattle can paint and do it myself... What would you recommend? I can either buy rustoleum or any other kind of paints, my main concern is to paint it with something that will last long...

The thing has some superficial rust (nothing that can put at risk the safe usage of the jack) that was caused by the removal of the paint and some is in places very difficult to remove with a tool... plus I'm tired of cleaning this thing so ideally the painting should be something that can be applied over the rust...

Any input will be greatly appreciated

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Unread 09-29-2010, 07:25 PM   #2
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Anything that is UV rated will work,i would put some good quality primer on before the paint for a good adhesion.
Unfortunetly the BEST way would be to strip the whole thing to bare metal,then Epoxy primer and rhen paint for the longest lasting job,but unfortunetly TRUE Epoxy primers are a 2 part ,so it would have to be sprayed with a paint gun/compressor.

Any paint job is only as good as the adhesion you get,that's where good primers come into play.

POR-15 is ok.but it must be totaly to metal and very clean,it doesnt bond well to anything else but a metal surface,but anything you use must be cleaned and sanded for a mechanical bond anyhow,just not totaly stripped for some other stuff.

Go with a good etching primer,or even a can of true Red Oxide primer(NOT THE ONES THAT ARE JUST A RED OXIDE COLOR) and then a good UV rated top coat.

After the final finish..you can buy a good silicone or teflon based paint sealer and apply that on it to help keep the paint from drying out in the hot sun in Mexico(i live in southeast Ga i KNOW the big problems of sun baking paints and fading them fast),this also protects it from moisture and mud and will clean easily.
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