Whether you are making modern rustic log furniture, working on iron-railings or fabricating metal trellis’s, when you know how to paint bare metal no job is too small or too tall. And while you have several options when it comes to finishing bare metal, around here that’s exactly what we choose to do. We paint our bare metal.
So now let’s spend the next few minutes and allow me to show you How-to Paint Bare Metal. Because when it come to finishing bare metal products painting is just one of several options.
Start with the basics.
First, we’ll take a look at the basics. From cleaning and prepping your metal, to finding and applying the proper paint, this video is a great place to start. In this video I show you my High Volume Low Pressure (HVLP) gravity feed spray gun and give you a close look at my make shift paint booth.
Watch How-to Paint Bare Metal
Direct To Metal Paint (DTM)
When it comes time to paint metal you will find you have several options. Depending on your taste, where and how the metal piece is to be used will make a difference in how you choose to finish it.
You can leave metal bare and let it ‘patina’ naturally. Your metal parts can be dipped, plated or powder coated. If any of these methods are used to finish metal you will always need to consider where and how the finished metal piece will make contact to the floor or ground so as not to chip or crack the finish.
Another option, you can always simply paint and/or clear coat your metal, finishing it just about any color you choose.
Here at LogFurnitureHowTo[dot]com we use high quality Direct To Metal (DTM) Indoor/Outdoor Acrylic paint. It is an effective solution to finishing just about any metal product offering high durability with ease of application and clean up.
Clean It Again
One of the most important steps to paint bare metal is taking time to properly prepare the metal surface so the paint will fully adhere. We use a water based Trisodium phosphate (TSP) substitute.
TSP Substitute is a heavy-duty cleaner used to removes dirt, grease, grime, soot and chalked paint from metal and other hard surfaces.
The best advice I can offer is to clean your metal once, clean it twice, and when you think you’ve got it all clean and ready to paint; clean it again!
Now, take a look at these videos to see how I prepare and paint Metal Handrails.
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Watch Preparing Decorative Iron Railings for Paint
In this video you will get a good look at how you can quickly convert just about any interior work space into a makeshift paint booth. Here we are working in a 12’x30′ storage unit using nothing more than a basic household fan to help circulate the air.
Watch How-to Paint Decorative Iron Railings
Hopefully you have found your time here on this article helpful. And you have learned all the basics about how to paint bare metal.
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