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i wanted to paint on my custom air intake made by some square mesh and air filter from home depot.
http://www.freewebs.com/pwnage202/3%5Fsm.jpg
http://www.freewebs.com/pwnage202/4%5Fsm.jpg
is there some special process that goes to this? should i use primer? like just clean > one layer primer > and one color? i dont want the layers too thick because i still want to maintain the least amount of air resistance as possible. btw, i'm painting it black.
    
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That stuff is usually zink coated and it would best for adhesion to prime with a zinc chromate primer which is available in bulk or spray cans.
Actually, the afore mentioned primer is great for any metal!
    
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i just used a can of black spray paint when i painted a mesh fan guard. primer would probably be nice though.

it should also be noted that my fan guard usually looks brown anyway because it's such a dust magnet (intake fan).

EDIT: don't paint your filter. just buy a black filter.
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I should be fine just painting it. I used no primer on my fan grill(see my gallery) and it worked great.
    
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so just soap/water > zinc chromate primer > color coat? i may be doing this on sheets of metal too. you say that "zinc chromate primer" should work on any metal? just wanna make sure

edit: oh didn't see those two other posts. so no primer? ic. no big deal really, if it chips, i'll just redo with primer and if its too thick, then screw it
    
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Zinc Chromate based primers are "self etching" and adhear very well to ferrous and nonferrous metals!
Do not apply them in thick coats! 1 medium wet to two light/medium wet coats.
    
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