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Does anyone have any secrets on painting aluminum? I got some items that I want to paint because I dont like the look of plain aluminum on my jeep.

 

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I did this years ago on a flat bottom boat, it really needs a special type of primer, I cant remember what its called, I know BIG HELP!, but itll stick either way, but last for a LOT longer with the proper primer.



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77 CJ5, in a bunch of pieces right now
 
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I read somewhere that you have to clean it with an acid before you paint it, I'll see if I can find the info for you.

 

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that sounds right, acid etch, or etching primer, I cannot remember

i called a few local paint stores when i went thru this and one out of 5 was able to tell me the right way

good luck


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go down to the local A/C shop and get this stuff that is
used to clean condinsers, I don't rember what it is called
but it's pink and is hydrofloric acid. The shop I use to work
at used this stuff to clean aluminum before we welded it.
then use and etching or epoxy primer.Guarenteed not to
lift.Later

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The acid etch is called Alodyne. You should be able to buy some at an aircraft supply store. If the part is small, dip it until it is a light golden color. If it is larger, take paper towels and soak them with the alodyne on the part until same color. Rinse part in water. Dry completely. Next use a zinc chromate primer or a substitute. Dry completely. Then top coat with a compatable paint, usually any type will be fine. The Alodyne step could be omitted if you scuff up the aluminum with scotch-brite, but you have to get every nook and cranny then use a solvent to remove any body oil. The alodyne is the best.

 
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