Best way to paint aluminum ??

Discussion in 'Paint and Body' started by MANUCHAO, Jun 13, 2012.

  1. MANUCHAO

    MANUCHAO omnea mea mecum porto SILVER Star

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    I got a couple of aluminum drawers that Im going to use for my drawer system.

    What is the best way to treat them. I want to paint them a white color on the inside and keep the natural color of aluminum on the outside..

    Do I prime the inside first and then paint them?
    HomeDepot has a aluminum specific primer/paint (rustoleum brand) should I go with that ?

    Can I use a clear coat for the outside and call it good ?

    The inside will also have a clear (almost see through) rubber mat on the bottom to dampen any clanking....

    Any input on this is most welcome
  2. MANUCHAO

    MANUCHAO omnea mea mecum porto SILVER Star

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    Asking around I was told to clean the aluminum really good and let it dry for a few days.. then score it and clean it again with Acetone and use this primer first

    RustOleum.com
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    then use this, once the primer dry and cure for two days....

    RustOleum.com
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    Finish came out great !!!
    Now time will tell if I did it right and/or if picked the right product.....
    PRHpsGlwSpL.jpg 254170_PR_15oz_Aluminum_Primer_L.jpg
  3. LRChops

    LRChops

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    Consider having them Anodized.
  4. MANUCHAO

    MANUCHAO omnea mea mecum porto SILVER Star

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    I did but I was press for time then.. and I didn't know how much anodizing them would run for....
    Thanks for the input...
  5. Dynosoar

    Dynosoar Slightly Disturbed SILVER Star

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    You need to use a good self etching primer. The paint will stick well to it then.

    Dyno
  6. reevesci

    reevesci Enabler GOLD Star

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    X2^^ I know guys that have scuffed up the aluminum and used epoxy primer and had good long term results.

    GL

    J

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