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Painting a steel rod for hanging

Discussion in 'Do It Yourself - DIY' started by formernuke, Mar 28, 2021.

  1. formernuke

    formernuke ScubaBoard Sponsor ScubaBoard Sponsor

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    I'm making a new hanging rod. Due to weight I need to make it from steel so it will be steel. I'm trying to figure out how to paint it.

    I would like to color match but that means using latex paint. With the right primer will latex actually be durable if I let it fully cure before use?

    I've also considered using automotive paint but I'm not sure how well it will hold up to having hangers on it.

    I plan to use self etching primer because it seems like it will give me better results.
     
  2. michael-fisch

    michael-fisch ScubaBoard Sponsor ScubaBoard Sponsor

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    Try Rustolium Spray paint from any auto parts store or Walmart. 3 coats, let dry a day after each coat. A day after the last coat, bake it in the oven for at least an hour at 200°F.

    Michael
     
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  3. formernuke

    formernuke ScubaBoard Sponsor ScubaBoard Sponsor

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    Won't fit in the oven but I can heat gun it.
     
  4. grf88

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    I think you would be much further ahead using one of the plastic sleeves that is used for that purpose.
     
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  5. -JD-

    -JD- Eclecticist ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Steel pipe? What kind? Prep makes all the difference ...

    I avoid (most) Latex for anything that has contact. Years later it will still bond to things with high pressure/extended contact.
    Rustoleum PROFESSIONAL if you can get a color that works for you is very god very durable paint if prepped properly. My jeep armor was done with it and it has held up great for about 10 years now

    Do you have a storm window that you can borrow? Summer is coming - make a solar oven. Put a couple bricks or something on your black asphalt driveway to support the rod. Support the storm window on some bricks stacked/on edge, etc. so it is just above the rod, angled if possible. Fill in around the window with scrap to eliminate air movement. Orient the slope south and do it on a sunny day. Viola ...
     
  6. M-Cameron

    M-Cameron Contributor

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    Ide find a place to do Cerakoting.....will be much more durable and corrosion resistant than spray paint, and for something like a coat hanger, it should only set you back $50 or so.
     
  7. formernuke

    formernuke ScubaBoard Sponsor ScubaBoard Sponsor

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    It's cold rolled steel, prep wise plan is to clean with acetone, sand with 320 grit, reclean with acetone and then prime and paint.

    Solar oven is a great idea and if I already had the stuff I would do so instead it will be paint heat with heat gun and wait till fully cured.
     
  8. happy-diver

    happy-diver Skindiver Just feelin it

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  9. formernuke

    formernuke ScubaBoard Sponsor ScubaBoard Sponsor

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    Ok, Duracoat is a good idea, sadly couldn't find a place close.

    Shrink tubing I haven't seen in 1 and 1/4 inch by 4 foot.
     
  10. Eric Sedletzky

    Eric Sedletzky Contributor

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    Have it powder coated.
    Relatively reasonable and bulletproof.
     
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