refinishing metal trunks

Old 09-01-02, 10:10 PM
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refinishing metal trunks

I am soon to be refinishing some old metal trunks and I would like to be sure I have all the steps down before I start and make a mess. Some of them are somewhat rusty. What can I use to take off the rust? And what would I use to take off the paint already on them? Or could I just sand them somewhat and paint over what is there with some primer? After that I know I would need some metal paint (Thinking Tremclad rust protector stuff). On top of that, can I use regular artists acrylic paints for details, or would I need to use enamels or something for metal?
Old 09-02-02, 05:01 AM
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A product called 'naval jelly' is good for removing rust from metal; find it at your hardware store or home center.

Look for paint & Varnish removers to take off the paint. Depending on the type of paint you may be able to just sand, then prime and paint.

Artists acrylic will work just fine.

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