Paint galvanized fenders?

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Paint galvanized fenders?

Postby rmcelroy » Mon Jul 10, 2006 8:45 am

When I started building I went to Tractor Supply to pick up tires and wheels and presto they had trailer fenders (go figure). I picked up a pair without really thinking about it, they are galvanized.

I've done a lot of google searches and searced here, It looks like 1) not many people want to paint over galavanize 2) it could be really complicated to do, something about different kinds of protective layers to test for blah blah blah.

Does anyone have recomendations, paints/processes, powder coat, witch craft or something.

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Postby JIML1943 » Mon Jul 10, 2006 9:31 am

Mc. there is a primer for galvanized metal it's called GALVA GRIP.
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PS If you have excess to muriatic acid wash fenders with a 50/50 mix of water and acid and rince very well, vinigar will work but not as good.
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Postby rmcelroy » Mon Jul 10, 2006 10:05 am

YEAH-your a lifesaver. Thats very good news indeed. I'll go look for that right now.

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Postby Leon » Mon Jul 10, 2006 10:21 am

Pickle the metal first with vinegar, then paint.
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Postby Chris C » Mon Jul 10, 2006 11:15 am

Leon's right..............and it's a whole lot cheaper than a primer! And, if you want, you can prime on top of the pickling for extra coverage.
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Postby Classic Finn » Mon Jul 10, 2006 12:19 pm

Did Someone say "Pickle" :QM


How About Askin Dat dar Chip :QM Maybe his Pickle Juice will work... :lol: :lol: :picklejuice:



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Postby rmcelroy » Mon Jul 10, 2006 12:37 pm

Pickeling or muratic acid sounds good right now. After more research I'm still having trouble locating a primer, in less than gallon buckets.

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Postby SteveH » Mon Jul 10, 2006 12:42 pm

If you want an acid etcher that is more effective than vinegar, but don't want to go buy a gallon of muriatic acid, go to the auto parts store and get some Etching Mag Wheel Cleaner. It comes in a spray bottle and is about 5 bucks.
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Postby rmcelroy » Mon Jul 10, 2006 12:46 pm

Thanks Steve-it just keeps getting better.

I like your tear-do you have the scotch brite finish on it?

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Postby jdsackett » Tue Jul 11, 2006 7:36 pm

you can buy self etching primer in rattle cans at an auto paint store. scuff it with a scotch pad and use the foo-foo can. works good, would use a good primer-surfacer on top of it to paint to though. dupont part# a-4114s
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Postby mikeschn » Tue Jul 11, 2006 8:05 pm

Did you ever consider just selling your galvanized fenders, and buying primed fenders? :o ;)

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Postby Nitetimes » Tue Jul 11, 2006 10:17 pm

Classic Finn wrote:Did Someone say "Pickle" :QM


How About Askin Dat dar Chip :QM Maybe his Pickle Juice will work... :lol: :lol: :picklejuice:



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Postby hammer & tongs » Wed Jul 12, 2006 6:26 am

I tend to agree with JIML1943 in that vinrgar will do it but there are commercial solutions that work better.
Having worked in commercial high structure painting...I would be inclined to think that once the galvanized fenders are properly etched, any top quality metal primer would work.

Personally; I would prepare the surface as advised here, then try some primer(such as Rustoleum) in a "out of the way spot"..perhaps on the underside...then rub it, scrub it, paint over it etc..and see for myself how it stands up..
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Postby rmcelroy » Wed Jul 12, 2006 8:31 am

I stopped off and picked up some mag wheel etch cleaner stuff yesterday. Clean paint scuff (repeat as needed) for the next few days I guess.

I would like to hang on to these fenders if possible-I have chosen to mount them to the brake bracket on the torsen axle itself, and have already had plate alum mounts made up. They are really ready to bolt up when I get them painted. We'll see how it works out, they ride kinda back on the wheel like the front fender of a motorcycle-may have to ditch them one day and get traditional fenders.

Thanks for all the advise I feel a lot better about this process now

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