How to 'Paint' on Metal Trash Can?

Old 08-12-07, 04:57 AM
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How to 'Paint' on Metal Trash Can?

I want to paint a Large Metal Trash Can that used to use until sturdy and colored-plastic trash cans came to the market. It's quite convenient to have around the backyard, because of its durability and tight-lid closure. I use this, a large Metal Trash trash Can for storage of 'odds and ends' stuff that normally does not fit into an ordinary plastic container.

The problem is not nice color to look at it. Then, I want to put paint, blue or green on it.

My question is: How to put paint on metal trash can? Guessing that I need to put 'primer' before putting a top-coat.

I would be truly appreciated it if anyone has any ideas how to paint metal surface successfully.

Old 08-13-07, 08:11 AM
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i would use spray paint in a can. they have primer, too, but i'm not sure that you'd need it, if the trash can isn't rusted.
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Traditionally it has always been thought best to let galvanize weather for a year prior to applying paint. You can ask at the paint store which primer would be best for the condition your can is in. You should be able to use latex [providng no rust!] or oil base paint with decent results.
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Thanks for the responses.

First, there is NO rust, ... as if I purchased it just yesterday from Home Depot, because I have been keeping a metal Trash Can right besides patio where ends and odds accumulating, particularly in the summer-time.

This metal one, I purchased about two years ago and still VERY shinny, then I posted asking whether any paints, either oil or latex could stick on it. As to local paint shop, there is Duron nearby my home, but those 'young' guys seems NOT much knowledgeable enough to assist customers in regard to tricky painting, like mine. In the past, ... I recall most of folks working at local paint shops were VERY knowledeable, ... but no longer to find one. I truly miss those, knowlegeable guys who were eager to help me out whenever I had question to ask.
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not all of us young guys are completely in the dark. Pratt & Lambert makes a DTM industrial product numbered Z190. this is a latex bonding primer. XIM also makes a product, 400 White. that is an oil based bonding primer.

I would lightly scuff the can and prime. I like the XIM product. Application by spray would give you best finish. Apply a topcoat of 100% acrylic topcoat. I don't quite understand if this is going outside or in but either way I would use an exterior product.
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I use metal paint. Comes in both spray or brush on. Rust-O-Lium has a wide variety of colors and primer also. I do it all the time. I just painted three of them black about 4 days ago. good Luck
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There is one thing to watch out for when painting galvanized metal (and presumably this can, like most others, is galvanized) with traditional alkyd rust paints is a phenomenon called saponification whereby the alkyds react with the zinc in the metal causing adhesion failure in short order. So don't just use regular rust paint, use a DTM primer or paint, or failing that a high adhesion acrylic primer.

You should also wipe it clean with a good cleaner. TSP or denatured alcohol should do a good job of picking up any leftover protective coatings or manufacturing oils.

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