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Suggestions Clear tint paint over brushed aluminum

Discussion in 'General Signmaking Topics' started by Andy D, Jul 31, 2019.

  1. Andy D

    Andy D Very Active Member

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    I have a couple of displays with a brushed aluminum background that needs to be made a darkish
    blue. Years ago. the painter at the shop I worked at made a bunch of samples that looked great, different
    colors and the brushed effects still clearly showed up, but these were samples he brushed himself.
    How hard is it to paint clear tinted paint and get an acceptable finish? I have done a lot of painting with a compressed air sprayer, but I'm not a professional painter and don't have a paint booth.

    I tried putting printed clear vinyl over standard brushed aluminum, it shows up but not as much as I would like. I'm going to try and add "brushing" using sandpaper and see how that looks.

    Just looking for input.
     
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  3. Andy D

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    I was hoping to use something I could buy local, any suggestions?
    I will have to paint them outside in the driveway, I'm guessing every little piece of trash will show up
    huh?
     
  4. rjssigns

    rjssigns Major Contributor

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    I've painted outside. Biggest thing is to hang the panel or parts so the painted surface is vertical. As far as local you must have an auto paint store in your area. Something else I thought about is the mid-coat of a tri-coat system. Auto paint store should be able to help.
     
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    tint clear paint or house of color candy. spray only. i am pretty sure house of color is available in a high quality spray can.
     
  6. Billct2

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    How big are they? I agree with spraying a tinted clear (sample first of course). If they're small finding a rattle can with the right look would be great. Bigger will require spraying. You can set up a temp "booth".
     
  7. signbrad

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    Matthews Polyurethane color can be mixed with any of their clears to achieve this. Matthews even has a primer/adhesion promoter that is clear, designed to not obscure whatever pattern is in the metal. Testing is necessary to get exactly what you want, of course.

    It might be tricky to accomplish this using a packaged product from a local paint store.

    "Candy" colors might work, as has been mentioned.
     
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    do you have any silk screen companies in your area. they might be able to help you out
     
  9. Andy D

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    Yes, just down the street & we send each other work all the time...
    Are you suggesting they screen them or do they have something I can add to clear paint?
     
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    yes ask the silk screener about it. we have never tinted brushed metal but we have tinted materials and they maybe able to help you.
    if you screen it you will get a good finish
     
  11. Andy D

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    Not that big, ones around 2' x 4' the other 20" x 36"
    who has that paint in a can? Would Home Depot have it or
    an auto supply store?
     
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