Prepping and painting metal screen door (rust content)


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Old 10-27-14, 01:26 PM
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Prepping and painting metal screen door (rust content)

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The screen door on our porch is a bit rusted and I'd like to take care of the rust and repaint the door.

What do I need to do to take care of the rust? I planned on just removing the door and prepping and painting it - using spray paint.

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Old 10-27-14, 01:34 PM
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Welcome to the forums.

Marksr is our paint guru so you'll want to wait for him to chime in but let's see how I do in the mean time:
1. Sand/scrape the rust off completely.
2. Lightly scuff sand the rest of the paint.
3. Prime any bare metal with oil based primer.
4. Paint with latex paint.
 
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Is it rust or oxidation? just want to make sure it's a steel door and not an aluminum one. Use a magnetic if your having a hard time telling.

Mitch gave the correct procedure for a steel door. You can substitute latex primer if the door is aluminum.
 
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I'm not sure if its rust or oxidation. Here are some pictures:


 
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It's steel and is more properly called a security storm/screen door (not that it provides any real security or protection from a storm).

Ideally, you have it soda/sand blasted or dipped before painting. Kind of a pain, but not that expensive.
 
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.... and that type is best sprayed. Rattle cans should be ok although it will take multiple coats of both primer and finish as the paint in an aerosol can is drastically reduced so it will spray.

Blasting down to bare metal is best but a decent job can be done with a wire brush/wheel and sandpaper.
 
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Yeah, I'd prefer not to sand blast is as I don't want to pay for that. At least around here, people are charging $40-60.

Would an orbital sander with heavy grit paper take care of most of it?

Any special primer to use? Etching primer?
 
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A sander will work but you have to be careful as the screen is apt to tear the paper. A wire brush might work better. Most any rust inhibitive primer will do a good job.
 
 

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