As with any painting project, preparation is an important step in the process. When painting metals, especially ferrous metals, which are more prone to rusting because of their iron content, primer is a must. Learn more about why you should prime your metal and the best practices for doing so.
The Power of Primer
Primer serves two primary purposes when it comes to metal. First, it acts as a bonding agent that allows the paint to better adhere to metal. Primer contains extenders, which are a solid component used to add weight to the solution. In addition to increasing the adhesive bond between metal and paint, the extenders in primer also gives paint and an extra boost of durability.
Primer’s second responsibility is increasing metal’s resistance against corrosion. Primers contain several components that are effective in cleaning, sealing and protecting metal. The coating increases metal’s passivity, which makes it more resistant to corrosion-causing agents in the environment such as rain, humidity, and salt.
Priming Metal Preparation
Primer will prepare your metal for paint, but first, there are a few initials steps you should take to prepare your metal for primer. If the metal has been painted on before, scrape the paint off with a scraping tool. It is also important to remove existing rust as best as you can. A scraping tool, sandpaper or a wire brush may be necessary.
Once you have gotten the metal’s surface as smooth as possible, brush off residue. Make sure the surface is clean and free of remaining particles and debris before applying primer. If you are working with stainless steel, see our tips for how to clean it here.
How to Prime Your Metal
Primer can be applied through a variety of methods including a spray can, spray gun, brush, or roller. Follow the instructions on the product for proper application and drying time. You will usually need to let the primer dry overnight before applying paint. Some surfaces may benefit from a second coat.
It’s Prime Time at Tampa Steel and Supply
At Tampa Steel and Supply, we offer a range of primers and paints for a variety of metal types. If you are unsure of what kind of primer to use on your metal, ask one of our professionals. Visit our website today to see a list of the products we carry and how we can help you keep your metal looking its best! Contact us today or visit our showroom to see our wide selection of metal inventory!