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"Refinishing a steel desk (stripping and applying new paint)"



2005

I purchase a used steel desk that is in great condition. It is dark gray in color and I'd like to change the color to a light blue. What is the best way to accomplish this? Should I strip the existing color or paint over what is already there? What is the process to apply paint to steel.

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Sharifa Lafon
Automotive - Evergreen, Colorado
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2005

Wash with detergent, very lightly sand (leaving the paint on, but less glazed). Spray paint lightly (sand lightly). Spray paint a 2nd coat.

Ted Mooney, finishing.com
Ted Mooney, P.E.
Striving to live Aloha
finishing.com - Pine Beach, New Jersey
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May 28, 2009

I recently purchased a vintage steel medical cabinet with peeling paint in spots. I'd like to repaint it but how do I safely deal with the peeling (lead) paint?
Also, do I need to primer before I spray paint? Much thanks experts!

Ana Kitts
hobbyist - Chester, NJ
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June 5, 2009

Hi, Ana. As long as you are doing this only for yourself, not making a business of it, there are probably no legal requirements regarding the lead paint. See letter 48306 for my personal opinion on how to handle it.

If you reach bare metal, yes, it must be primed with a Self-Etching Primer [affil. link to info/product on Amazon] or the paint will not adhere reliably.

Regards,

Ted Mooney, finishing.com
Ted Mooney, P.E.
Striving to live Aloha
finishing.com - Pine Beach, New Jersey
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