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Best paint for frame

Best paint for frame

Postby johndeerecharger [OP] » Apr 02 2021, 7:34pm

Currently getting my replacement frame sandblasted. once its blasted it will be coated with and epoxy primer.

What would you guys recommend for painting over that for the best rust protection? Ive seen eastwood extreme chassis paint for over an epoxy primer. Most other products want it applied directly to the metal.
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Re: Best paint for frame

Postby Bradley21sanders » Apr 02 2021, 7:57pm

I would just have it powder coated instead. Way better
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Re: Best paint for frame

Postby 19trax95 » Apr 02 2021, 8:03pm

Powder coat looks the best by far. Only problem is that it is hard to repair should it chip or flake off.

A good implement enamel is what I'd use. It's tough, cheap, and is easy to repair if need be.
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Re: Best paint for frame

Postby Larry-Cleveland » Apr 02 2021, 11:31pm

I always use an epoxy primer on metal first. It has very good sealing properties and grips well.

Over many years I have tested lots of paints to cover Ohio's rust. I have rust on EVERYTHING!

This has proven to be the best in my long-term testing. Zero Rust is $75 a gallon (https://www.zero-rust.com/). I use this as a topcoat or will paint on top of it for a different color. It thins nicely for spraying.

For the nice top coating, I will use Rustoleum oil base paint with thinner and hardener as done on YouTube. This works well for brushing or spraying. It drys flat, hard, and shines well.
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Re: Best paint for frame

Postby Pak713 » Apr 03 2021, 12:59am

Zero rust is good stuff, plus it has uv protection. Chassis saver is good too but no uv protection so you’d have to top coat it or leave it. Por 15 is another.
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Re: Best paint for frame

Postby Walkers » Apr 03 2021, 1:52am

If you really want it to last, just have it hot dip galvanized. Cost is probably similar to a gallon of quality epoxy primer, and a gallon of quality topcoat professionally applied.
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Re: Best paint for frame

Postby Larry-Cleveland » Apr 03 2021, 2:02pm

Andy is 100% correct, hot-dip galvanized will outlast everything.

I have a 12" piece of angle iron outside for over 25 years and not a spec of rust. The ends have rusted where it was cut but it stopped right there.
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Re: Best paint for frame

Postby johndeerecharger [OP] » Apr 04 2021, 3:52am

Hot dip galvanizing require the frame to be bare metal?
Never heard of it before. Looked up places that do it and the one that mentions it that is near by i highly doubt would do something like this, they do it for the products they make. guess i could ask.
The next closest one is 1 1/2-2 hours away.

Thanks for the help everyone. Looking into zero-rust to see what it is. ive seen POR15 and chassis saver.
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Re: Best paint for frame

Postby Walkers » Apr 04 2021, 3:02pm

Yeah, they sandblast to bare metal, then dip it in a tank of molten zinc.
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Re: Best paint for frame

Postby FoxProDenali » Apr 04 2021, 3:30pm

POR-15 literally means paint over rust. It won't work on bare metal.

I used Spraymax epoxy primer on my lower doors, but I'm sure there are other 2K cans you can get better suited for a frame if you go that DIY route.
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