How to Apply Epoxy Metal Paint
Epoxy paint can add a beautiful long-lasting finish to most any metal surface. However, because metal doesn't accept paint very well, it must be specially conditioned to promote good adhesion. If you need to apply epoxy paint to metal, you need to know the proper preparation techniques to employ or you will likely see peeling in a short period of time.
Scrub the metal surface with a water-based degreaser. Wash the entire surface using a pressure washer. Allow the metal to dry completely before moving forward.
Abrade the surface to promote adhesion by scouring it with a wire brush.
Pour the etching primer into the 2-gallon painter's pot.
Apply etching primer to the metal surface using the 3- to 4-inch paintbrush. Allow the etching primer to cure and dry for four hours.
Wash the brush with warm water.
Pour the epoxy resin into the 5-gallon bucket and stir in the catalyst using the wooden stir stick.
Apply the epoxy metal paint to the surface using the paintbrush. Allow the surface to dry for three hours.
- Never attempt to coat metal with a regular bonding primer or the finish will peel over time.
Ryan Lawrence is a freelance writer based in Boulder, Colorado. He has been writing professionally since 1999. He has 10 years of experience as a professional painting contractor. Lawrence writes for High Class Blogs and Yodle. He has a bachelor's degree in journalism and public relations with a minor in history from the University of Oklahoma.
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