Painting Questions

Discussion in 'Homesteading Questions' started by Old John, Apr 13, 2005.

  1. Old John

    Old John Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Hi Y'all,

    We have visible heating ducts in our downstairs(walkout basement)
    Family Room.
    They are galvanized sheet metal.And they are flat, level with the ceiling.

    Can I give them a coat of KILZ Latex Primer, and then paint over
    them with Interior wall paint?
    Or, is there more preparation I need to do first?

    It'd make the room a lot nicer looking If I could paint them.
    They wouldn't stick out like a sore thumb.

    Thanks for any help or Suggestions. It's appreciated.
     
  2. wy_white_wolf

    wy_white_wolf Just howling at the moon

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    Kilz will not work. You need a self etching primer or use and etching metal prep to prepare the duct. I have seen some people try using vinager (sp?) to etch the metal for painting with limited results. Be sure and get it right the first time or the paint will just peel off and be 3 times as hard to do it over.
     

  3. Jaclynne

    Jaclynne Well-Known Member Supporter

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    There is a metal primer out there just for this. I can't remember the name of it. Years ago used it on some old sheet metal for my chicken mansion, then painted with red porch paint. It still looks good and its been in all kinds of weather and heat for about 12 years.

    Wish I could remember the name. It was a transluscent blue and sticky/tacky. I just put it on with a roller.

    Sorry, thats all the help I can offer.

    HaloHead
     
  4. mikell

    mikell Well-Known Member

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    Sooner or later the paint will fall off due to the expansion and contraction and humidity. May take a year or 10 but it's worth a try to get rid of ugly.

    mikell
     
  5. Cyngbaeld

    Cyngbaeld In Remembrance Supporter

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    Any way you could cover them with something? A dropped ceiling or sheetrock? Or paneling?
     
  6. WanderingOak

    WanderingOak Well-Known Member

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    When I was in the Navy, all of the ductwork was painted on my ship. While they were primed, I have no idea what they were primed with. All I know is that the primer was lime green and was close to the consistancy of mashed potatoes. Some of the ductwork was insulated, then painted. Otherwise, there would be condensation between the cold dry air in the ductwork and the hot and humid air in the passageway.

    Is the basement ceiling finished, or are there exposed floor joists? If the ceiling isn't finished, that might be a more attractive option.
     
  7. Old John

    Old John Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Hi Y'all,
    Thanks for the answers.
    The ceiling already is finished. There is a dropped ceiling. The ductwork
    is square and the bottom of the ductwork is level with the bottom of the
    dropped ceiling. It's not "real bad"; it would just look better painted.

    The furnace had been added after the ceiling. There are also still
    electric baseboard heaters. And, the basement fireplace has been bricked
    up. When you buy a "used home" you get all the modifications the previous
    owners/residents have put in.

    We Love the place. it just has a lot of fixing-up we needed to do.
    And, it has a few kinda "quirky features".

    I guess this is just one of the things I'll get use to,
    Unless I can find the right paint, or drop the whole ceiling again, maybe.
    Thanks again.