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Choosing the Right Paint for Metal

Metal can be difficult to paint due to its slick, smooth surface, and you will have to sit around in the garage and probably won’t cut it. To prime the metal for painting binding, you should first wash it with soapy water, extract light corrosion with a stiff brush, polish it with sandpaper, and then polish it in most circumstances. Regarding these stages, you can only achieve success with devoted metal paints or inter paints branded for use on metal.

In different base bottles and proprietary formulas, metal paint solutions are marketed to fight off rust or to endure extreme heat, complicating the issue. So keep reading and get better results on your next project in order to find the right paint for metal surfaces.

The most robust are oil based paints.

 Choose oil-based paint whenever painting outdoor base metal like walls, lawn furniture, or outdoor stoves, and frequently used indoor items like kitchen cabinets and window frames. Typically, treating a durable coat that absorbs moisture and stains and avoids dents and scratches is more expensive than water-based paint, manufactured with pigments.

Oil paint, however is susceptible to cracking or slotting and sometimes tends to fade with time, so consider a material with constructed fade safety, such as Corrosion Pounded Metal Finish. You can achieve a more consistent finish if you first apply an oil-based primer, so you can fully relate oil paint to the metal since it contains no water, so there is no risk of corrosion. You will save time on the paint job by skipping primers.

Paints based on water provide faster drying and fewer fumes. 

While painting light to commonly used indoor base metal, think pendant lights, bed frames or master bedroom night stands go with liquid acrylic paint, a simpler, quicker alternative than oil paint. Acrylic, made of dyes, acrylic adhesives, and water, produces less chemicals and dries to the touch in less than an hour in a flexible coat immune to cracking, slotting, and scratching. It may be more susceptible to dents, stains, and scuffs, however.

A traditional acrylic paint often has less organic content than oil paint, so mildew and mold are less likely to form, making it a safer choice for areas such as kitchens and baths that are vulnerable to moisture.

Use high-heat paint on surfaces and generate heat.

Painting a radiator, outdoor barbecue, surrounding the fire pit, or other appliance that generates heat? Normal oil- or liquid paint can blister and peel when exposed to the high temperature created by these appliances during operation. To preserve your paint job, choose a high-heat metal paint developed with water repellent resins to survive extreme temps, such as Rust-Oleum High Heat Paint.

Use corrosion paint on surfaces susceptible to humidity.

Damage can develop on any material made of metal or cast iron like steel with extended exposed to light and humidity. If you intend to paint outdoor furniture or décor with metal, or interior features such as backsplashes that often come into contact with water or moisture, search for paint designed to withstand corrosion to maintain the metal’s appearance and integrity.