Painting Aluminum?


#1

I have a friend who can weld an aluminum arcade case for me. I’ve seen a thread on this website for a blank aluminum case, but I want something different. Does anyone know how to prime, paint, and apply coating to Aluminum? The color choice is black. I do not have an airbrush. Is it possible to get a good quality paint job without an airbrush? And how do I know between a bad quality paint brush from the good quality ones? Details of steps, material, and where I can find the materials would be greatly appreciated. Stores I have around my city are Lowes and Home Depot. I do not mind ordering materials online if the shipping is not too costly and I don’t have to buy in bulk. Thanks.


#2

I believe that you should be using an spray paint instead of a brush.


#3

Powder coating is the best way, if you can get it done…


#4

Powder coating is indeed the best option. You won’t have to worry about wear and tear anymore.


#5

I wanted to go with powder coating, but I don’t have the resources to go with that option. Nor do I know anyone who custom paints metal. I called a couple custom auto paint shops but they basically said no. All I know is paint doesn’t readily adhere to Aluminum, and the paint will chip away if not done properly. Seems like I may have to stick with the casing not being painted.


#6

Aluminum needs alot of prep in order for the paint to stick and remain durable. Powdercoat is the only way. If you don’t have the resources, find them.


#7

Where are you based and what colour do you need?


#8

I’m based in charlotte, nc. I am wanting the case to be black. I looked online and I think I may have found a place. I just need to call them up on Monday to see if they are able to do it.


#9

Here is a website for powder coating if anyone is in the Charlotte Area. I was told the cost will be no more than $20. Price doesn’t sound bad.