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Painting a steel rod for hanging

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

  1. davecampbell

    davecampbell Contributor

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    find a powder coater in your area. probably the most durable and affordable finish you'll find. probably get a rod done for $20.
     
  2. grf88

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  3. tridacna

    tridacna ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    I swear by Hammerite paint for steel. Take a look around the web. Stuff is excellent.
     
  4. CuzzA

    CuzzA Percoidea Wetwork for Hire ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Powder coat would be the way to go considering cost and your time.

    But an alkyd enamel will be fine, but you don't need an oven to cure it. Pick up some Majic Hardener catalyst, Tractor Supply usually carries it. Add 16:1 paint to catalyst.
     
  5. formernuke

    formernuke ScubaBoard Sponsor ScubaBoard Sponsor

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    I found a powder coat place, I'll get a price tomorrow for it when they open.
     
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  6. CuzzA

    CuzzA Percoidea Wetwork for Hire ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Be sure to confirm they use primer before powder coating. In fact they should sandblast, prime and then coat and bake.
     
  7. Ghost95

    Ghost95 Contributor

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    I know you're asking about painting mild steel, but you can find stainless rod on ebay for pretty cheap. Does this hanger have to color match? If not then stainless might be a better option.

    I do understand if you're using what you already have in stock though. Just wanted to throw out an alternate idea. Good luck.
     
  8. formernuke

    formernuke ScubaBoard Sponsor ScubaBoard Sponsor

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    Powder coating is out. Shop minimum of 200 or 300.

    Yes I'm using what I have rather than buying something.
     
  9. Akimbo

    Akimbo Just a diver Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Slide a piece of PVC pipe over the steel pipe. I have used 1/2" electrical conduit inside 3/4" PVC with some construction adhesive to fill most of the gaps. I imagine you can find metric pipe sizes where the IDs and ODs work. Here is a chart for divers in the US:

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    You can also try garden hose over pipe.
     
  10. kelemvor

    kelemvor Big Fleshy Monster ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Another option is "industrial coating" rather than paint aka paint with epoxy in it. Home depot sells it as "garage floor paint." Generally good 'n strong. Epoxy - Garage Floor Paint - Paint - The Home Depot

    Don't let some of those extreme pricetags dissuade you. Sort on price and they have the house brand (behr) for $33/gal. Might be able to get a quart or sample size from them in the store.

    You can get regular clear (or close enough to clear) 2 part epoxy on amazon for under 20 bucks with prime shipping as well. Put that over regular paint of your choosing. I'd probably go that route myself since I have a couple gallons in my garage.
     

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