Painting A Tow Bar - Help / Info

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  1. tonka

    tonka Funster Life Member

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    My plastic covered (PWS) towbar has grounded a few times and was in tatty condition..
    Removed from van, plastic all cut off and I have cleaned up the bar..

    Cheapskate that I am :) Tin of Hammerite white paint, paint brush and gave it a couple of coats..

    RESULT.... It's ok but streaky and obviously a "hand job".

    SO,,, Whats my next option ?? Do I use some fine sand paper or what's this "wet and dry" stuff...
    Body repair not my speciality..... Urgent job as I need this back on for Monday so I can bring my bike to Stratford.. Got B&Q, car spares shop, Halfords and a Screwfix all on door step for any supplies...

    Awaiting Funster advise..
     
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    Spray with Matt black body paint' resistant to mechanical damage, that has epoxy resin or rust inhibitors then polish up if needed
     
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    Well if it's got a couple of coats of "hand job" it's obviously protected so now you just want the bits you can see to be nice, "wet and dry" is as it suggest a sandpaper that can be used wet or dry but wet will stop in clogging even better with a bit of fairy in the water, give the streaky bits you see a rub over with 400 grade on a soft block and then spray with a can of white Hammerite.

    Martin
     
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    tonka Funster Life Member

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    Thanks... 400 grade - fairy liquid... See that's the bit's of info I need. :)
     
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    You've obviously used the hammerite "smooth" as if you'd used the original it dries as a "hammered" finish , hence the name, & doesn't show brush marks.Thinking about it the smooth shouldn't either.
     
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    tonka Funster Life Member

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    I hovered for 10 mins looking at smooth / hammer finish and went with smooth..
    We use hammerite on our garden gates etc and although it does go on a bit rough, when dry shows no marks..
    Maybe I got a duff tin :( even bought new brushes..

    Well it's back on the van now as forecast heavy rain later.. I will get some wet and dry as mentioned by Funflair and give it a try after Stratford...
     
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    When a tugger used hammered finish on towbar bracket \ backplate \ etc and it looked excellent. Bit like a glossy resin coated finish. no brush marks, etc.
     
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    try spray hammerite or rustolin spray paint comes in all colurs
     
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    I have just done mine sanded down to bare metal and used white smooth hammerite with a small foam gloss roller it is a slightly stippled finish but looks excellent if you use some 120 grade paper on a orbital sander to get rid of the streaks and get the finish smoth then over paint with the gloss roller it should look good hope this helps
     
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    Cheers everyone... Gonna have a go when back from Stratford, it's back on the van and looks ok from a distance but will try to improve it when i get home...
     
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    my paint job on the tow bar is the same .

    i think it is because the bar is bare metal and the Smoothrite dose not have any rust / rough surface to stick to
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    Look on the bright side it will go rusty again, then you will have a surface for the paint to stick to ..:coolest:
     
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