Introduction: Paint Aluminum
Materials and tools needed
- Aluminum object
- Paper towels
- Product to remove oil and dirt. You can buy a specialty product in a DIY-store or just use detergent for washing dishes...
- Sanding paper in different grit numbers. (We used 100, 400 and 1000)
- Sanding block
We recommend using latex gloves in order to prevent oil and dirt getting from your hands on the surface of the aluminum object.
Step 1: Remove Oil and Dirt
Remove oil and dirt from the surface of the object you're painting by applying some detergent and wiping it clean with paper towels. We do this to prevent uneven sanding in the next step.
Step 2: Sand
Always use a sanding block!
You can buy them or just make one yourself. The only requirement is that you have a flat, sturdy surface.
Sand the aluminum with sanding paper with a low grit number. When the original paint is completely removed, sand out the scratches with a higher grit number.
Step 3: Apply Primer
Before applying primer. Clean the surface of your aluminum object again with the product you used before.
Once dried, apply a thin layer of primer in even strokes.
Step 4: Sand
Use a high grit number to sand your object again. You don't want to remove the primer, just prepare the surface for painting.
Step 5: Paint
The last step is to apply paint in a color of your choice. Apply 2-3 thin layers.