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Old 03-26-2012, 06:17 PM   #1
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I am just about to start painting my stand and would like to know what you guys did to prepare for it? Did you use a high temp primer? did you heat the stand up with a torch to evaporate all the moisture in the metal? Most importantly, what type of paint did you use and has it held up? I am just concerned about the inside of the stand where flame will be the hottest. Thanks ahead of time.

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Old 03-26-2012, 08:19 PM   #2
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The only thing I'd use is Exhaust paint from an automotive store. It comes in glossy finishes which is superior to the common BBQ paint you'll find in home centers. I also had good luck putting a few coats of clear on (also exhaust grade). Don't use primer unless it's also rated for 2000F+. Low temp primer under high temp paint is useless, it just peels and takes everything with it.

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Thanks Bobby. Thats what I was thinking of using was automotive paint that has Ceramic in it. They have many colors to choose from also. I'll be ordering a few more fittings from you and a couple sight glasses in the next week or so.

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Thanks Bobby. Thats what I was thinking of using was automotive paint that has Ceramic in it. They have many colors to choose from also. I'll be ordering a few more fittings from you and a couple sight glasses in the next week or so.
I've used this and the high heat paint from autozone. on headers for racing 4 wheelers and had good results.. and they were glowing red hot sometimes... these are about 9 bucks a can at autozone
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That's the exact stuff I was looking at. I'm gonna order their colored stuff. Maybe orange?

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That's the exact stuff I was looking at. I'm gonna order their colored stuff. Maybe orange?
Ofcourse orange.. I'm from Tennessee.. ;0) that's the beauty of paint.. It can be painted.. ha
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I used header paint from an auto store for $8 a can. It went a lot further than I thought. No primer needed, two coats. Cured using the burners ans heating/movin a thick piece of steel.
I used that on the hot parts, cool parts I used primer and quality spray paint.
Looks great so far.

Also, make sure you sand the heck out of the metal. I used a wire brush on my angle grinder and made it looks like stainless. Took hours. After that I used some mineral spirits, followed by soap water to give it a good cleaning. Mild steel tube comes from the metal supply place completely coated with a real hard to remove oil. Get it as clean as possible, so paint will stick.

This was a good read for preperation: http://www.discoverlivesteam.com/magazine/64.html

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