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What type of paint should I use?

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I'm finally going to get together a case paint job that I've been putting off. Do I need to strip the paint? Could I just use primer? What types of primer / paint will work best? What about all of these only with straight steel instead of SECC?
I really don't know anything about painting either metal. What exactly should I do?!?

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What type of paint should I use? Does it matter? Something in a large shake can aka spraypaint .
I have figured out that I need to use a zinc chromate based self-etching primer, right?
So now, what type of paint do I need? Does it even make a difference once the primer is down?
Edited by nategr8ns - 6/8/08 at 6:14am
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post #2 of 9
You don't have to strip the paint, if you sand it. You can also use etching primer which wouldn't require sanding or stripping the paint. I don't know much either about painting metal, but I'm sure some of the experience modders would help you out with that.
    
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post #3 of 9
Bare metal primes with great adhesion using a zinc chromate based primer.

On the already painted metal, sand with 800 grit to dull the surface for good adhesion. Provided you have no bare metal, there is actually no need two prime but for good measure, to light coats of primer sanded with 800 grit will work well. Heavy coats of primer will only promote chipping, so only use enough to to the job... in this case (punny) more isn't better.

Always use a tack cloth to help remove residual dust, but do not rub firmly or you transfer the material which retains the dust to the paint able surface.
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You could sand the paint that is on there and paint over that. If you want to strip the paint off there are several brands of stripper in spay cans.
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post #5 of 9
I forgot... if the SECC or galvanized metal is chip free, don't bother stripping it, it was likely electrostatic painted and had great adhesion... if its plated/anodized, either sand or scuff with a red or grey 3M scuff pad then prime with the ZC primer, etc...
If it is chipped or stripped, the zinc chromate is what you want to prime with for premium adhesion, then as said... a few coats of fill prime, sand, tack....
    
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I'm going to be painting my aerocool case, but I can't tell if it's ES painted or anodized or plated... I have another case (steel) that I tried painting to see what it looked like, but now I want to start over. I will most likely have to sand this case to remove the paint I put on earlier.
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post #8 of 9
dupliclor, plastikote, krylon, rustoleum will all work
you might want to seal it up with a coat or two of the etch primer, then use a regular or sandable primer from one of the manufacturers above, and their paint. Usually they say its best to use primer and paint from the same manufacturer, but I dont think its "necessary", but you can improve results if you do
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thanks! so those are the brands... I'll see which ones they have at the local hardware store!
I already have clearcoat and primer, but I think I'm going to pick up another primer to be safe. I may get another clearcoat as well, because I don't know how old this stuff is...
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