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Old 07-20-2012, 07:22 AM   #1
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Any suggestions for re-painting a 55 gallon drum?

How should it be prepped?

What is the best type of paint (enamel, polyurathane, etc) to use?

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Old 07-20-2012, 07:42 AM   #2
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Metal or plastic?

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Old 07-20-2012, 09:46 AM   #3
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It's a standard metal 55 gallon drum with a bit of rust also. I can sand that off.
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Old 07-20-2012, 09:52 AM   #4
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What kind of use will the drum see? There are many different ways of painting steel, and usually they're application-specific. I wouldn't suggest painting a 55 gallon drum that's to be used as a planter the same as I'd suggest for one being used to hold scrap lumber or for one being used to hold reclaimed rainwater...
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What are the plans for the drum after painting it? i.e. rain barrel?

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The drum originally contained bulk engine oil. At some point it was used to store diesel fuel. That is my plan also.

The drum could use a good coat of paint for corrosion protection. It will get some sanding. I just need to know what to use as a paint.
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rustoleum professional oil base paint qt, ,rustoleum primer to spot prime qt, or rattle can .and cheep but not to cheep throw away brush. get it at the big box
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couple cans of this will do it

after cleaning and rust removal

sorry that is the primer but the finish paint is right there with it @ any big box
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I thought about using spray cans but wasn't sure they would hold up.

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