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Looks like you got some good advice! I use the self etching primer on bare metal only, I never use it on things already painted but just scuff up the paint with some sandpaper to promote adhesion.
I put some clear paint on one of the rads after I painted, but it was some stuff Lowe's sells and I did not like it at all. (Valspar?) It tended to produce a lot of bubbles in the spray so I did not use it on the other rad.
The Rustoleum you can add successive coats fairly soon if the humidity is low, but light coats at first with ample time to dry is the best thing (for me anyway). Rustoleum seems to have properties a little different than some spray paints and although will produce a nice high gloss if that's what you want, I found it to scratch fairly easily. If metal painted with Rustoleum spray paint is handled carefully it can produce a very nice finish. I like to finish up with a good steady stream with a little overlap, then allow to dry 12+ hours or more if needed.
One problem I had is I painted some things out in the open air and there was a boatload of pollen and stuff in the air. Since then I got a plastic drop cloth and rigged a frame to suspend it in one of my sheds made of old wire coathangers.
But you could make one of these "spray booths" outside if you have no indoor space to paint. Having something to keep out airborne stuff is a good thing.
Edited by mandrix - 7/24/12 at 4:34am
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cool, good luck. post some pics after

Thanks, I will probably include it in my build log and maybe link it here.
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Looks like you got some good advice! I use the self etching primer on bare metal only, I never use it on things already painted but just scuff up the paint with some sandpaper to promote adhesion.
I put some clear paint on one of the rads after I painted, but it was some stuff Lowe's sells and I did not like it at all. (Valspar?) It tended to produce a lot of bubbles in the spray so I did not use it on the other rad.
The Rustoleum you can add successive coats fairly soon if the humidity is low, but light coats at first with ample time to dry is the best thing (for me anyway). Rustoleum seems to have properties a little different than some spray paints and although will produce a nice high gloss if that's what you want, I found it to scratch fairly easily. If metal painted with Rustoleum spray paint is handled carefully it can produce a very nice finish. I like to finish up with a good steady stream with a little overlap, then allow to dry 12+ hours or more if needed.
One problem I had is I painted some things out in the open air and there was a boatload of pollen and stuff in the air. Since then I got a plastic drop cloth and rigged a frame to suspend it in one of my sheds made of old wire coathangers.
But you could make one of these "spray booths" outside if you have no indoor space to paint. Having something to keep out airborne stuff is a good thing.

I may try it out at the garage to prevent dust and dirt building up on wet paint.
    
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My painted Yate Loon. Plain black to Sparkly red. Frame to Chrome Black. I wouldn't worry about the dust, I let them dry in open air. Going to be putting LED on later.



Radiator fully painted to Chrome Red. Just make sure lightly spray on the fins it should be okay.
Edited by xtclocker - 8/2/12 at 1:30pm
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Looks really nice. Thanks for posting those pics. +rep smile.gif

I changed my mind about painting my stuff until my case arrives as I want to see what things look like, but if it doesn't come within the upcoming week, I may just paint the rad and fans early.
    
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Wow those white-finned Bgears Blasters look amazing! I am doing a white+black theme and getting all-black fans bothers my OCD, so it is very relieving to see that they can be painted to the color I want. By the way, you clearly have some talent with a spray can! I have been watching this thread as I also want to paint my rad frames white, but am nervous about it. Thanks for helping boost my confidence!
   
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I'm feeling frisky today, so I think I will experiment on a single Gentle Typhoon and if all goes well, I may do more tomorrow. I'll try to take pictures of the steps.
    
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Wow those white-finned Bgears Blasters look amazing! I am doing a white+black theme and getting all-black fans bothers my OCD, so it is very relieving to see that they can be painted to the color I want. By the way, you clearly have some talent with a spray can! I have been watching this thread as I also want to paint my rad frames white, but am nervous about it. Thanks for helping boost my confidence!

it is very achivable. disassembly of the blade from the chassis can be a bit daunting, but patience and
good eyes (small parts), blade prep, mask the backside hub, paint, flip, paint, wait, assemble and enjoy!

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Gah fell asleep, I only got as far as before removing the c clip. I'll get a good rest and work on it tomorrow after work.
    
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My radiator has been painted, but I'm letting it dry for 1 final spray. I'm struggling to get the c-clip off my GT, but once I get it out, I will paint one fan and see how it goes before I paint all 8.

I will post pictures later tonight or tomorrow for the rad though. smile.gif
    
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careful not to spring the lock washer across the room.. they are hell to find when the FLY!

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