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    Painting new metal

    Getting ready to paint new metal joist hangers. Will use new metal spray primer on the hangers before applying paint color. Question: any suggestions for removing the oily film on the hangers before applying primer? I thought of using just soap and water and allowing to dry really good before applying primer. Any better suggestions?

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    Hi Robert, you can buy this stuff called "Brake & Parts Cleaner" or some such name at car or bike parts stores, it is really cheap, a BIG can for a couple of bucks, it works well at removing all kinds of grease etc on steel before painting, I use it on my various restoration projects before I put primer on them.

    Good luck!
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    Lacquer thinner works well too.

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    definitely use some type of petroleum product, brake cleaner, acetone, lacquer thinner?
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    The nice thing about brake cleaner, is that it comes in an aerosol, it evaporates in seconds, and does not smell real bad.

    Lacquer thinner is nasty!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stuart Ablett View Post
    The nice thing about brake cleaner, is that it comes in an aerosol, it evaporates in seconds, and does not smell real bad.

    Lacquer thinner is nasty!
    i can`t even smell it after all these years
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    Quote Originally Posted by tod evans View Post
    i can`t even smell it after all these years



    .......MAN does that explain a lot...............
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stuart Ablett View Post
    The nice thing about brake cleaner, is that it comes in an aerosol, it evaporates in seconds, and does not smell real bad.

    Lacquer thinner is nasty!
    Yeah, I don't think the "Dungeon" would be a good place to use it, (unless you want a cheap Thrill).

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    ok thanks for the tips....I know I have some acetone around here somewhere.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norman Hitt View Post
    Yeah, I don't think the "Dungeon" would be a good place to use it, (unless you want a cheap Thrill).
    Boy you got that right, I "RARELY" use it at all, an when I do, I take whatever I'm cleaning topside and leave it there to "breathe" as well as any rags, hate the stuff, works great on somethings, but still..........
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