02:55PM | 07/13/08
Member Since: 07/12/08
4 lifetime posts
Hello All;

I have an amusement ride that I need to repaint. It has two problems - the paint is looking really dull from age and being exposed to the elemnts and there is some rust on it. I really don't know much about painting things so I came here for advice. I don't have any experience using this forum but I hope the Forum will let you click on the image to enlarge it. The top image is of the whole unit, and the bottom image shows an example of one of the rusing areas. I am looking for general advice on preparing the surfaces for painting, and then for suggestions of the type of paint I should use. I have been told that spray paint is best but then how do I protect the other different colored parts from overspray ? Also, what is the quickest way to fix the rusting areas ? Would you recommend a dremel tool with sanding wheel or a more powerful and larger power tool, or just hand sanding or just a wire brush ? Thanks to anyone who can provide useful advice. Tim


02:56AM | 07/14/08
Member Since: 07/28/02
1356 lifetime posts
You want to remove the rust before you paint and that can be done with a dril and a wire brush. The areas that are not rusted will need to be hand sanded and cleaned to remove dirt and grease. The rusted areas once they have been prepared will need to be primed with an oil based metal primer and the topcoat should be an oil based enamel. The paint can be applied with a brush an roller which will give you more control over the paint as spray paint will get all over in my opinion. If you go to your local paint store they will be able to help you out with getting the best paint product to use.


04:11AM | 07/14/08
Member Since: 07/12/08
4 lifetime posts
WOW - Thanks for the very helpful response, 5slb6. I only have one question, now. I am a little unclear about how to remove the rust using a drill. Is there a wire brush attachment for the drill? Is that how a drill is used, or are they used separately, and if so, how ? Thanks a lot. Looks like I'll be busy this weekend :-) !



05:39PM | 07/14/08
Member Since: 07/28/02
1356 lifetime posts
Yes you can get a wire brush attachment for your drill. The small areas can be done with the Dremel.


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