Originally Posted by yutzybrian
Without having a closed environment to paint in, you might be somewhat out of luck in such a dusty area. I know I always got aggravated at what little bit of tree dirt would get in my stuff when I painted outside. And that was in Ohio, so yea in New Mexico I doubt much of anything would come out right without a booth of sorts.
Yeah, you replied just in the nick of time. I "was" planning on the paint job later today. However, I noticed that it seems to be relatively dust free immediately following a rainy day. If it rains I might be able to get in some shots with the paint afterwards. And being NM it is only like 10-30% relative humidity between storms. It rained most of the day the other day and the day after the air seemed clean all day long. Wish I would have anticipated that effect sooner. Yeah, unfortunately I do not have any indoor areas to paint in, not entirely closed ones anyway. The garage is missing its main car door and all the sheds we have, like three of them have 1/8th inch layers of dust in them lying on everything (they been collecting dust since the 80's). I would kick up so much dust just walking into them, lol. The only thing I seem to think I can do is to just wait for a good rain storm, then paint when I think its clear to do so. I can only hang the tray from a nearby tree limb, or the covered patios as like I said the indoor areas, garage etc are just way to dusty (not counting in the house, and I would surely get kicked out if I painted in the house, lol).
Any ideas how long it will take for the paint to not be tacky to dust particles? Can I just go by what it says on the side of the cans for the time to touch? I got Rust-Oleum High Performance Enamel 7578 Flat Black
, along with Rust-Oleum Self Etching Primer (Says dries to touch in 10 minutes? Wow really?). The reason I went with this paint is because it was the only one at Home Depot that clearly stated that it has a high resistance to chipping, peeling, abrasions, scratches etc and states its perfect for metal (I guess that's a given being Rust-Oleum). Seems to be exactly what I would want for the interior? However, what strikes me as strange is that it says Dries to touch in 15 minutes, to handle in 1-2 hours and fully cured in 24 hours. But, every single case painting guide I have found states it takes days or even weeks to fully dry and be ready to use. I am wondering if the "dry to touch or handle" means that dust should not stick after that time frame... lol If that's the case, I think I may be Ok. But if it takes days, well lets just say it will be a textured paint job, and look more like I tried to paint camo... lmao... Oh wait, maybe I can hang it in my closet for a true several day cure, say after a few hours outside of course. hmm interesting idea
Anyway, with such a short dry time on this paint (as long as the label is accurate), I will just chance it I guess... If it goes terribly wrong then I guess I must spring for powder which is $100-150 just for the internal pieces... OUCH!
Thanks for the reply yutzybrian.