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#1 Abbylovi

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Posted 19 February 2010 - 04:25 PM

I have some metal stools that I'm thinking about painting red. Is it possible to spray paint them?
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#2 Ron Johnson

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Posted 19 February 2010 - 04:28 PM

QUOTE(Abbylovi @ Feb 19 2010, 11:25 AM) View Post
I have some metal stools that I'm thinking about painting red. Is it possible to spray paint them?



yes, the cans of spray paint will say on the label whether they are appropriate for application on metal.



#3 Rail Paul

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Posted 19 February 2010 - 04:30 PM

Yes.

Metal often looks better if it's been lightly buffed with sandpaper to rough up the surface, remove any rust or corrosion, etc prior to painting.

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Posted 19 February 2010 - 04:31 PM

From my (very limited) experience, spray paint is *better* for metal than brushed paint. I can imagine this is doubly so for something with nooks and crannies like a chair.

If the chairs are rusty, make sure to look at rust paint as well (after the usual scrub with a wire brush, etc).
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#5 Abbylovi

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Posted 19 February 2010 - 04:39 PM

Thank you!!

I've been drooling over these Marais stools for the past year. I finally decided to spring for them ($300 each!) when I found these on overstock - frickin' $100 for two. I'm a sucker for red and I figure at that price I can experiment with the color.
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Posted 19 February 2010 - 04:46 PM

QUOTE(Abbylovi @ Feb 19 2010, 11:39 AM) View Post
Thank you!!

I've been drooling over these Marais stools for the past year. I finally decided to spring for them ($300 each!) when I found these on overstock - frickin' $100 for two. I'm a sucker for red and I figure at that price I can experiment with the color.

Good going! They look identical.
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#7 Ron Johnson

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Posted 19 February 2010 - 04:49 PM

Krylon is what you want to use. Google it and go to their website to find out which paint is best for these stools.



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Posted 19 February 2010 - 04:59 PM

Those stools seem to be powder coated. You will definitely need to scuff the surface with XXX grit or something if the powder coating was at all well done. What XXX is you might want to ask the paint guys. Dunno if you need something strong like 220 or finer like 400 to sand down a powder coating. And then find the best Krylon for your application.

Also, for the $4 or whatever it costs, those spray can trigger handles are worth every single penny! (Worth it at $10. Your fingers and hands will thank you!)
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#9 Abbylovi

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Posted 19 February 2010 - 05:03 PM

Very good advice all, thank you!
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#10 GG Mora

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Posted 19 February 2010 - 05:29 PM

Nice find, Abby. I just ordered 2 pair for the kitchen. smile.gif

#11 Carolyn Tillie

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Posted 19 February 2010 - 07:20 PM

QUOTE(TheMatt @ Feb 19 2010, 08:59 AM) View Post
Dunno if you need something strong like 220 or finer like 400 to sand down a powder coating. And then find the best Krylon for your application.


To get a good "tooth" to the metal, I would definitely go 220. I frequently color metal (well, sterling) and have used sand-plasters to get a good scuff to the metal to get the color to cling. I imagine the chairs have been coated with something anyway and I would start with a hearty steel wool before the sandpaper (and use the black stuff, not the yellow-colored which is for wood).

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Posted 19 February 2010 - 08:54 PM

On something powder coated already? Most likely commercial urethane or enamel.

Use a scotch brite pad of comparable grit (400 grit and at most hardware stores - looks like a scouring pad) as this can get into the nooks and folds of the metal. Use a self etching primer before paint (zinc based) and then a recommended paint. Gritty paper may take away the clean finish and leave you scratches.

I'd try an inconspicuous area first - like the bottom of the seat.
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