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Old 11-29-2011, 04:41 AM   #1
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Repainting a Firebox - Galvanized Steel


Hi everyone, I'm new here, and am wondering if you guys could help me with a project that I have been working on.

I was able to buy a firebox that you see on the street corners, which was in rough shape, and thought that it would be a good restoration project, as I always wanted to buy one of these.



I have sanded and gutted the pieces, although I'm not sure what type of paint is needed, and if priming is necessary.

Can anyone please provide me with some specific types of paints that you would use to get to get this type of finish?



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Once you get it prepped, I would use a good metal primer. Follow with a spray finish. This is an instance where quality spray paint---Krylon, Rustoleum, etc. should do nicely. Just remember to apply several light coats and not try to cover in one. If you want to paint it with a brush or spray gun, Benjamin Moore Impervo will do a nice job.

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There are several ways to restore such things. If it were me I would have the box blasted with walnut shells and then use automotive primer and paint to finish it. The blasting would be the same as sandblasting however in this case walnut shells would be used as the blast medium because they are less aggressive and wouldn't pock the surface.
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Could glass bead it too just like for engine restorations.
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Thank you everyone very much for the advice. Unfortunately I am definitely a novice when it comes to most things when it comes to sanding, and since I have limited funds, I'll have to do most of the sanding by hand.

I will go to the hardware store and see what types of spray paint is available and will probably go with that.

I'll make sure to post pictures when I'm finished with the body.

Thanks again.
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Thank you everyone very much for the advice. Unfortunately I am definitely a novice when it comes to most things when it comes to sanding, and since I have limited funds, I'll have to do most of the sanding by hand.

I will go to the hardware store and see what types of spray paint is available and will probably go with that.

I'll make sure to post pictures when I'm finished with the body.

Thanks again.
I used Rustoleum Appliance epoxy to refinish the fire extinguisher boxes at work. Boss thought I had ordered new boxes

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