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Painting Stainless steel

Discussion in 'Beginners Airbrush Questions!' started by Vince Driver, Jul 16, 2017.


  1. Vince Driver

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    Want to paint a design on my SS mug but not sure of steps to take to keep paint on it. I did a practice run today by just putting a line on one. It just wiped off after a couple hours of dry time. Want to leave the SS as is, just want a design. Any ideas? Thanks
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    What surface prep did you do?
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    Just scuffed with scotchbrite and washed and dried.
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    Might be important to tell us what paint you are using.
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    Oh sorry. Using Wicked Paints.
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    OK did you see a definite scuff on the SS? and did you use any other primers? The application data talks about applying a sealer first... http://createxcolors.com/application-guides.html
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    I've done a few stainless insulated mugs. Scuffed, used Wicked, then clear coated. It needs protection. You have to make sure there are no edges in the clear that water might get under, otherwise over time washing can start to lift it.
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    Thank you sir and no I did not use anything on it. Guess I should have studied more.
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    Thank you squishy. Did you prime before you painted them?
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    No just cleaned, scuffed and painted straight on the metal as I wanted the metal to show. If I was going to basecoat before adding artwork, I would likely prime, or use auto air sealer.
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    Yea, I am wanting the stainless steel to show. Wanna do the mug like panels riveted together then clear coat to seal it all up.
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    I wonder if the clear sealer would work in this case?
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    That's what I'm gonna try anyway.

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