gift
Rocket Mass Heater Plans: Annex 6" L-shaped Bench by Ernie and Erica
will be released to subscribers in: soon!
  • Post Reply Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic
permaculture forums growies critters building homesteading energy monies kitchen purity ungarbage community wilderness fiber arts art permaculture artisans regional education skip experiences global resources cider press projects digital market permies.com pie forums private forums all forums
this forum made possible by our volunteer staff, including ...
master stewards:
  • Nicole Alderman
  • Anne Miller
  • Mike Haasl
  • Pearl Sutton
  • paul wheaton
stewards:
  • r ranson
  • Burra Maluca
  • Joseph Lofthouse
master gardeners:
  • jordan barton
  • Leigh Tate
  • Carla Burke
gardeners:
  • Greg Martin
  • Jay Angler
  • John F Dean

Alternatives to spray paint? Free glider rehab project

 
pioneer
Posts: 126
Location: Midwestern USA
17
monies fungi trees foraging food preservation medical herbs bee writing
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
    Number of slices to send:
    Optional 'thank-you' note:
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
We just finished a DIY rehab project on a set of 3 vintage gliders I picked up for 100% free. We used pure tung oil for the wood (amazing stuff, tung oil) but couldn't come up with any alternatives to spray paint for the metal frames. Any ideas?

Here's a before and after shot:



And here's the full post:

Cat in the Flock

By the way, more about tung oil here, in case anyone's new to tung oil:

Tung oil
 
master steward
Posts: 4915
Location: USDA Zone 8a
1515
dog hunting food preservation cooking bee greening the desert
  • Likes 1
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
    Number of slices to send:
    Optional 'thank-you' note:
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
That chair looks really pretty.

An alternative to spray paint would be whitewash or milk paint.
 
gardener
Posts: 3581
Location: Southern Illinois
670
transportation cat dog fungi trees building writing rocket stoves woodworking
  • Likes 2
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
    Number of slices to send:
    Optional 'thank-you' note:
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Lisa, there is a different approach to spray paint that gives the same look.

The device is an electrostatic paint sprayer.  Short version:  an electrical charge is imparted to the paint in the sprayer and the opposite charge is imparted to the object.  Paint droplets literally leap from the sprayer to the object.  My father once had a metal file cabinet painted in this manner while he was working (strange company policy).  He was afraid that his office would stink of paint, but the job was quick, effortless and had no odor.

I don’t know if this is in the cards for you but it can be done.

Eric
 
Lisa Brunette
pioneer
Posts: 126
Location: Midwestern USA
17
monies fungi trees foraging food preservation medical herbs bee writing
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
    Number of slices to send:
    Optional 'thank-you' note:
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator

Anne Miller wrote:That chair looks really pretty.



Thank you! I'm pretty happy with it.

Anne Miller wrote:An alternative to spray paint would be whitewash or milk paint.



But Anne, have you actually used those on metal surfaces? All the sources I found said those only work on wood, drywall, etc., other porous surfaces.
 
Lisa Brunette
pioneer
Posts: 126
Location: Midwestern USA
17
monies fungi trees foraging food preservation medical herbs bee writing
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
    Number of slices to send:
    Optional 'thank-you' note:
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator

Eric Hanson wrote:Lisa, there is a different approach to spray paint that gives the same look.

The device is an electrostatic paint sprayer.  Short version:  an electrical charge is imparted to the paint in the sprayer and the opposite charge is imparted to the object.  Paint droplets literally leap from the sprayer to the object.  My father once had a metal file cabinet painted in this manner while he was working (strange company policy).  He was afraid that his office would stink of paint, but the job was quick, effortless and had no odor.

I don’t know if this is in the cards for you but it can be done.

Eric



Eric - Thank you! I have actually come across this method in my research but just don't have the resources to obtain the sprayer. The other issue I saw is that while it eliminates particle spread during the painting process, you're still using the paint itself, and it will still off-gas, right? Your dad's example is great, though. I've considered taking the item to an autobody shop and having them paint it, too, but I figured the expense wouldn't justify it.
 
Be reasonable. You can't destroy everything. Where would you sit? How would you read a tiny ad?
Rocket Mass Heater Manual - now free for a while
https://permies.com/goodies/8/rmhman
reply
    Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic