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    Ok, I just finished my trailer and I need some painting advice.

    1. How do I prep the steel? Is wire wheeling it sufficient or is sanding necessary?

    2. Do I have to use a primer or is there a glossy non fading paint that does not require primer on steel? Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated.

    3. I want to use a sponge type roller to apply the finish because I do not have a place to spray.

    Thanks,
    Nick

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    paint prep

    Kiwi..if youre going to use a roller to appy id go with rustoleum by the gallon....it lays out awesome as long as the temp is at or above 70 deg....painted my pole building with it looks great with minimal prep.If you're using brand new steel id scuff it with some 180/220 grit on a DA dual action sander and paint away..as long as the steel is clean.If its got some grease or other stuff on it maybe wipe it down with cheap enamel reducer or prepsol.......the enamel reducer is usually cheaper.Hope this helps.
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    • #3
      Originally posted by uhohjim View Post
      Kiwi..if youre going to use a roller to appy id go with rustoleum by the gallon....it lays out awesome as long as the temp is at or above 70 deg....painted my pole building with it looks great with minimal prep.If you're using brand new steel id scuff it with some 180/220 grit on a DA dual action sander and paint away..as long as the steel is clean.If its got some grease or other stuff on it maybe wipe it down with cheap enamel reducer or prepsol.......the enamel reducer is usually cheaper.Hope this helps.
      Jim uhohjim1@aol.com
      Thanks Jim. Is the Rustoleum fade resistant?
      Thanks again,
      Nick

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      • #4
        Originally posted by kiwi View Post
        Thanks Jim. Is the Rustoleum fade resistant?
        Thanks again,
        Nick
        Kiwi.I've had it on my building.in the weather and it still shines pretty well........thats 3 years later.........when i redeck my car trailer this year I'll be usint it for the repaint....plus it comes in a good variety of custom colors they can mix up for you.By the way the only prep i did on my building was to sweep it off and hose it down a little....and the paint is stickin just fine. Short of doing autmotive type prep on your trailer.......scuff,prime,scuff paint.........I think you'll be happy with the rustoleum...you can lay it right on and it lasts..
        Jim uhohjim1@aol.com
        Welding in Crete
        Syncrowave 350 LX
        Millermatic 252
        Millermatic 180 w Spoolgun
        Miller Gold Seal 155
        Miller Elite welding helmet
        JD2 Tubing bender with Hydraulic conversion
        Evolution Raptor15" SteelDry Cut Saw
        Hypertherm Powermax 30
        Some really cool hammers BIG and small

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        • #5
          Originally posted by uhohjim View Post
          Kiwi.I've had it on my building.in the weather and it still shines pretty well........thats 3 years later.........when i redeck my car trailer this year I'll be usint it for the repaint....plus it comes in a good variety of custom colors they can mix up for you.By the way the only prep i did on my building was to sweep it off and hose it down a little....and the paint is stickin just fine. Short of doing autmotive type prep on your trailer.......scuff,prime,scuff paint.........I think you'll be happy with the rustoleum...you can lay it right on and it lasts..
          Jim uhohjim1@aol.com
          And most Menards stores have rustoleum mixing systems.

          Jim
          Welding in Crete
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          • #6
            Kiwi,
            I just finished a cage to store Oxygen and a Liquid Oxygen machine. I painted it using a high pressure gun with Rustoleum cutting it with paint thinner. The only prep I did was wiping the entire structure with denatured alcohol. The finish shines very nicely.

            As far as not having a place to paint, if you have a garage just line it with plastic and have a heat source and you should be fine.

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            • #7
              I haven't used this product but it may be something you will want to check out, it's called Penetrol. http://faculty.icc.edu/eockerhausen/tips.asp
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              • #8
                I have been using the Rustolum Hard hat brand or Rustolum industrial coatings for several years. They dry faster than the standard Rustolum and are thinned with Acetone or xylean which makes them flash off even faster. Since I have to paint most things outside faster drying keeps the bugs from sticking so bad. I found the best deal at Lows but almost any paint store that sell Rustolum can get it. The Hammered finish is great for hiding less than perfact surfaces and small mistakes in paint application. I use either Rustolum or Hammerite Hammered finish. Both seem to be the same formula I just buy whichever one is less $$. I have been using Imperial paints red oxide primer. Unfortunately it is a spray only coating so that won’t help you. The Hammerite or Rustolum primer are good alternatives but dry slowly when applied with a brush or roller. The Rustolum Hard Hat is better that the standard Rustolum primer. Hammerite and Rustolum are available in Gallon cans.

                Paul

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