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Unread 12-02-2008, 03:46 PM   #1
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How to paint stainless steel?

I need to paint a few stainless steel pieces, how do I do it?

My going in plan is to scuff it up with some 220 grit, then prime it followed by the top coat and clear. I need to know if this will work from those who know or have done it.

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Unread 12-02-2008, 03:53 PM   #2
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You can paint any steel, whether it's stainless or carbon based. Prep is everything, sandblast, sanding to rough up the surface slightly so the paint can adhere to the surface.
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you can paint you may have to use a type of solvent like 5717s so first gets surface rust and acid away then some echi-primer then regular primer then sand it then paint then clear so there will be no rust. (i go to a tech school and just learned and used that stuff my self in class)
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I painted my polished hinges black. Glass bead-blasted them, sanded the surface to get it smoother, used etching primer over the bare metal then top coated. Works awesome.
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Etching primer is the key to painting stainless
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SST can not be painted...and have it last anytime
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Unread 12-02-2008, 06:58 PM   #7
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Stainless steel can be painted or powder coated, just use an oil based paint, and a good primer you will be fine. I painted some stainless hood hinges when I got my jeep 4 years ago, it still looks great.
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Unread 12-02-2008, 08:53 PM   #8
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Stainless steel can be painted or powder coated, just use an oil based paint, and a good primer you will be fine. I painted some stainless hood hinges when I got my jeep 4 years ago, it still looks great.
Are most auto paints such as PPG oil based?
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self-etching primer and paint
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self-etching primer and paint
My be unrelated to the post but what does self-etching primer have in it to etch SS.

My experience with etchers, they seem to have a acid that does a good job on carbon steel and rust.

Would just like to know
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Are most auto paints such as PPG oil based?
now adays most are becomeing water based because of voc's but there are still some oil based out there just not as commen as the water based will be
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Unread 12-03-2008, 11:16 AM   #12
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You can get some oil based paint an autozone most cans say what type it is. No need to get ppg.
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Unread 12-03-2008, 11:17 AM   #13
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I was hoping it would not get to this but it looks like I'm going to powdercoat it. I could paint it myself and HOPE for the best but I am not to excited about the possibility of having to break the dash down because the paint is flaking/chipping off. I found a powdercoat that is really close in color to what the jeep will be.

Thanks to all those who chimed in.
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Unread 12-04-2008, 01:24 PM   #14
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powder coating will be the best choice. But normally around here people want to know the cheapest way they can do it.
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