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Old 03-01-2008, 02:04 AM   #1
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Due to popular demand in the chat room tonight (and cuz WortMonger threatened to post the idea as his own ) I'm gonna show you how to put a little blackboard on your corny keg(s) so you can write down vital information. What's in it, when was it kegged, etc.

You only need three items:

1 can primer (any cheap brand will do. I prefer white so I can see where I need to re-coat the primer, and then re-coat the chalk board paint)
1 can chalk board paint - I buy the rattle can type, from Home Depot. It was cheaper than the brush on stuff.
1 roll of blue painters tape (you'll use this to protect what you don't want painted)
(and some homebrew)

Mask off as large an area as you like. Try to go pretty big. I made rectangles, but you might just want to do a 360 degree strip around the keg, 6-8" tall. Hindsight being 20/20 I should've done that.

Since spray paint tends to overspray easily, tape off a lot of extra area, or tape some paper around the edges so you don't muck up the whole keg.

Apply a couple coats of primer. Don't need to be perfectly even, just covered. The trick to using rattle can paint is lots of light coats = no drips/runs in the paint.


Once the primer is good per the label instructions, start doing light coats of the chalkboard paint. 4-5 light coats should get you a nice uniform surface with no drips. 30 mins between coats.

Then it has to cure a full day. Carefully remove the tape, then apply a light coat of chalk, wipe off, and its ready to write on.

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Old 03-01-2008, 02:10 AM   #2
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Great idea! I have a small can of chalkboard paint around from one of my kids' rooms.

Right now I put a piece of masking tape on the primary then move that piece of tape to secondary and then to keg, but I like this idea a lot better. I don't know why I didn't think of it myself... too much beer I guess.

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Old 03-01-2008, 02:18 AM   #3
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Need to be scuffed or anything first?

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Need to be scuffed or anything first?

If the surface is shiny, it's always a very good idea to aid adhesion.
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Malkore, nice thinking! I am definitely going to do this.

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I just use dry erase marker's. It does wipe off easily so you have to be careful when handling them.

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I've been thinking about ways to have a sign on my kegerator for what's on each tap. This would be a great way to have it right on the door. Great idea!

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I have been using a Sharpie near the black post on my Cornies. Comes off pretty easy with hot water and OxyClean, otherwise durable.

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I just use stick on white labels from Wally-Mart approx. $1.77 for 120 labels.

Interesting idea though.

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If the surface is shiny, it's always a very good idea to aid adhesion.
Yep, ideally you should clean the surface with alcohol to remove any oils, and then a bit o wet sandpaper.

that said, I did this all the lazy way, and so far, no problems with chipping, bubbling/lifting up. Hell, my one 7-up corny (green base/cap) is painted gold!

(btw, more pictures are coming. the only keg not in my keezer is the only keg I didn't paint yet, so I am doing that today and taking the last pictures. and my keezer is packed tight so I didn't feel like pulling one out.)
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