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Old October 7th, 2009, 02:59 PM   #1
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I want to paint a aluminum truck tool box if it is possible.

I am looking for a cheap used one, and all i am finding are the polished ones, and i want black.

Would primer and rustoleum work?
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sand the surface with some 80grit and paint away
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To do it right use a primer made for aluminum, then topcoat with whatever. 80 grit is way harsh, but I would wash it, scuff it with 300 grit and go to town.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000CPCRI6

Or Napa Part# MS7222 should be $8 a can or so.

Be careful it's pretty toxic.
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for aluminum i always just use scotch bright pads to scuff up alittle bit *shrug* seems to work great.

x2 on the using alum primer
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I just painted my truck box and used the epoxy appliance spray paint. Looks brand new and has a hard durable finish. You can go wrong with this stuff and I even picked it up at AutoZone.
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if it's diamond plate have fun with that sanding/scuffing.
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Use a bonding primer after you clean it with denatured alcohol. then paint, spray bomb or brush and roll. use a good exterior paint DTM is good. Direct To Metal.
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