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I'd really like a high quality deep red gloss finish filing cabinet. I can't find one so want to make my own. Any ideas? Answered

It's to go in my home office, and will be a big 4-drawer number.

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iPodGuy (author)2009-02-23

I've spray painted them red to match my tool cabinet.

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moof (author)iPodGuy2009-02-24

also cool. What kind of paint did you use? any photos available?

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iPodGuy (author)moof2009-02-24

I used this bright-red Rustoleum with a high gloss finish. I did lots of thin coats so I didn't have any drips. I taped everything I didn't want painted (handles, locks, those little label inserts) and I added wheels to the bottom since it was in my garage for tools. I don't have any photos, but I thought it looked really good when I was finished. The only thing that disappointed me (it was my fault) was that I put a speaker magnet on the side, hung a heavy T-square on it and it slid and made a scratch.

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caitlinsdad (author)2009-02-23

For a heavy duty finish, take it to an auto-body shop to powder coat and bake the red gloss finish on.

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moof (author)caitlinsdad2009-02-24

This sounds like a great idea! Any idea how much it would cost? I'm guessing not cheap!

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caitlinsdad (author)moof2009-02-24

It would probably cost more in labor to prep the piece. Maybe you could talk to some vocational/trade school to see if they want to experiment with painting a metal filing cabinet to practice their skills in painting and clearcoating. Maybe some artist wants to put flames or pinstripes on it.

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moof (author)caitlinsdad2009-02-24

Ha, even more awesome advice. thanks for the info, will see if I can drum something up. The alternative looks like some DIY Rust-oleum lacquer. In either event, will post my results. Cheers for the help

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