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Old 07-17-2012, 09:59 AM   #1
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Painting Strongtie Brackets/Galvanized


I am renovating a deck, and am adding quote a few pieces of galvanized strongtie connectors to shore up a few things. The deck is stained with Cabot Medium Oak semi solid oil (Actuall quite dark), and the galvanized metal sticks out like a sore thumb.

I found some spraypaint that actually matches very close, but I am reading conflicting information about painting.

These brackets are galvanized, and unweathered. My initial plan was to use Zinsser Exterior Oil Cover Stain as a primer for both sides, then spray on the spraypaint.

I am reading that I may need a solvent wash, or an etching bath first, or maybe just some rough sandpaper.

What is the best way to get this done?

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Old 07-17-2012, 01:01 PM   #2
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I am renovating a deck, and am adding quote a few pieces of galvanized strongtie connectors to shore up a few things. The deck is stained with Cabot Medium Oak semi solid oil (Actuall quite dark), and the galvanized metal sticks out like a sore thumb.

I found some spraypaint that actually matches very close, but I am reading conflicting information about painting.

These brackets are galvanized, and unweathered. My initial plan was to use Zinsser Exterior Oil Cover Stain as a primer for both sides, then spray on the spraypaint.

I am reading that I may need a solvent wash, or an etching bath first, or maybe just some rough sandpaper.

What is the best way to get this done?
Galvanized metal can be tricky to paint, but if using CoverStain (aerosol) as a primer, you need only solvent wash with mineral spirits to remove surface oils.
Allow surface to dry, Prime (according to package directions), Paint (according to package directions) and you're in business.

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Old 07-17-2012, 02:02 PM   #3
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Thanks.

I have a quart of the oil based cover stain now. Do I need the aerosol, or will the brush applied work if I use a light coating?
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Thanks.

I have a quart of the oil based cover stain now. Do I need the aerosol, or will the brush applied work if I use a light coating?
Sorry I misunderstood...Brush-on will work fine too (follow package directions) after solvent wash with mineral spirits.
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