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Old 01-09-2008, 11:34 AM
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Painting Aluminium Diamond Plate

I have a alum. tool box I want to paint body color to match my truck (tired of trying to keep it polished).
I have some alum prep to etch the alum. Can I prime and BC/CC without sanding the primer?
I have some PPG high build primer or if possible to do, is there a better primer.
I am trying to avoid wearing my fingers to nubbs sanding around the diamond patterns.

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Sandblast it, prime with two coats of a quality epoxy primer and allow it to set in good temps overnight, denib as needed and paint it the color of your choice in bc/cc or singlestage. This proceedure will provide the best durability.
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I have been using SPI epoxy on the www.landspeed.com project and it is direct to metal with no etch needed and it lays out nice and smooth with no sanding needed..that is provided I do not get a run or trash in it..

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Thanks guys,
I will be checking into the epoxy primer.
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I had an sign on the front of a big rig for work that we had to paint with the Oversized load sign on it. It was flat and we used epoxy on it and after two years it started pealing. It sat out in the weather all the time though. When we striped it, we used a zinc chromate (sp?) primer on it and when I left the company 5 years later it looked as good as it did when we finished painting it.
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