This instructable will show you how to re-paint an Altoids-type or similar tin. Hope you enjoy, this one's going into the "Krylon Summer Projects" Contest. Let's begin, Shall we?
In the pictures, please pay no mind to the date-stamp, because my camera was a little messed up on the settings, and i had forgotten to change them before taking the pictures. All of these pictures were actually taken on 8/5/10.
Step 1: Materials:
This instructable doesn't require much.
1.An Altoids or similar tin.
2.Paint. I'll be using Krylon spray paint.
3.Abrasives, in my case, sandpaper and steel-wool.
4.Newspaper or something to cover any surfaces you don't want to get paint on.
5. A well ventilated area: Not optional!
6.Clothing that you don't mind possibly getting paint on
7.Dust mask or respirator: highly recommended, but not required.
8.Gloves :Recommended, but again, not required.
Step 2: Preparing the Tin
Next is where patience comes in, you must remove most, if not all, of the paints/coatings from the tin. This is in order for the paint to adhere properly to your tin.
I suppose you could burn them off, however, some people have no way of safely doing that , so you folks (Myself included) can use sandpaper and steel wool in the process
Step 3: The (almost) Finished Tin
At this point, your tin should have almost all of the paint(s) and coating(s) removed. be sure to wash your hands well, in case any toxins may have gotten on your skin. I do not know if anything on these tins is harmful, but better to be safe than sorry!
It's alright if it still has some paint on it, but the less there is, the better.
You want the tin to have a slightly "scuffed" appearance, to help the paint adhere. You can use a fine grit sandpaper to do this, however, it may already look like this from removing the paint.
Step 4: Choosing a Color and Paint Type:
Not the most major step in this 'ible.
The outdoorsman might like hi-visibility orange, or camo. the tactical might like OD green, or tan. Women, and some men, may like pink. the colors are endless.
now, depending on what is easier for you to apply, you may want to opt for brush on instead of spray. You can also get paints for an "anodized" look, and heat resistant paints.
make sure that your paint will adhere to metal.
I will be using black, semi-flat paint.
Step 5: Preparing the Tin (again)
Step 6: Painting the Tin
Step 7: Patience
Let the tin dry. Maybe go read a book, watch television, go for a walk, or go on instructables.
If you want, I guess you could watch paint dry.
Drying times may vary, follow manufacturer's directions.
Your tin may require more than one coat. If so, repeat steps 5-6 until adequately coated.