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To: K8RI <>
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Looking for a good, mechanically rugged, and anti rust paint
From: Grant Saviers <>
Date: Fri, 10 Aug 2012 10:14:45 -0700
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I've had great results with Rust-Oleum Direct to Metal (oil) alkyd 
enamel paint (Grainger stock item, others as well).  I use two coats of 
primer, red first, then grey to prove coverage, followed by two coats of 
finish color, mostly Safety Yellow, all HVLP applied. Structural stuff 
that is in use and left outside for 10 years still has gloss and no 
rust.  I can't speak to repeated wear resistance, that may require a two 
part epoxy paint.  I've found the 100% solids versions to be very user 
unfriendly - hard mixing, fumes, short work times, critical surface prep 
& special solvents for cleanup. OTOH, the RustOleum water based two part 
epoxy floor paint is easy to use, but nowhere as tough as the 100% 
solids.  Both are around $140/gal.

Grant KZ1W

On 8/9/2012 9:34 PM, K8RI wrote:
> I'm looking for a paint (and primer or undercoat) that will protect the
> structural steel from rust and wear well.  There will be rollers or
> skids moving on the painted surface and at times will be under
> substantial pressure. IE Tower sections.
> I do have access to industrial paint locally, just not sure what to ask
> for.  Tubing will be capped and welded closed with a bit of preservative
> inside.
> 73
> Roger (K8RI)
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