When it comes to metal surfaces, you may be wondering, “Can I paint that?” In short, yes! You can paint your metal—but you shouldn’t just wing it. When painting metals, especially exterior metals, preparation is key. Here are a few tips on how to paint those metal surfaces:
Prep + Prime
No matter what kind of metal you’ll be painting, there are certain techniques for painting different surfaces. You don’t want to go at your wrought iron, aluminum, or other metal with just any coat of paint. Because painting metal is similar to painting wood, preparation is very important. Before painting, make sure your prep your metal before the prime coat. To do this, first consider what type of metal you’re painting and following the steps below.
For ferrous metal: This type of metal requires a clean and rust-free surface. Before priming, start by using a scuff pad to remove any rust. Wipe the surface with a damp rag following this so the surface is free of any dust.
For galvanized metal: New galvanized metal often has an oily residue on its surface. Before priming, wash this residue away with a detergent solution. If oxidation has occurred, use a sander or wire brush to remove any buildup.
Pick the Right Metal Paint
Once your metal surfaces have been prepped and primed, you’ll be ready to apply the topcoat. Because the topcoat will be enduring wear and tear of everyday life, you’ll want to choose quality metal paint. Quality paints are:
- Can be applied directly to the metal
At Tampa Steel & Supply, we are proud to supply paint from Sumter Coatings. Sumter Coatings produces a variety of industrial coatings for numerous markets. These paints are a popular choice as they are fast-drying, direct-to-metal coatings that also come in a variety of colors. Moreover, these paints help fight against corrosion and also boast an aesthetically pleasing finish.
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