Best Rustoleum Paint for Exterior Metal

kendog2March 26, 2012

We just purchased a used trampoline. The frame is a faded green. It looks like the original coating was a fine textured paint. We're considering Repainting with Rustoleum hammered finish. The hammered finish doesn't require primer. Does anyone know if hammered paint is more resistant to fading than the Rustoleum Fine Textured paint? I like the original textured finish but we want to use the most durable finish since our area gets a lot of hot sunlight.

We plan on washing the frame and letting it dry for a day. Then sanding with medium grit sanding sponges and using a tack cloth before applying about 3 coats of the hammered paint. Did I leave out any important steps? Thanks.

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Using an oil based paint will guarantee a faded look. Rustoleum is a good name but a questionable product. I recommend asking your local independent paint dealer what product he would recommend.

    Bookmark   March 30, 2012 at 2:34PM
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Jumpilotmdm, thank you for your advice. I wasn't aware that Rustoleum paint isn't that good of a product. Do you mean that oil based paint fades faster than water based?

    Bookmark   April 4, 2012 at 10:40AM
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Most do, yes. You can drive by and inspect any house and see where the oil finish coats are by the amount of fade, usually as a dark color, like shutters?
See if they make anything in acrylic that will give you a similar look. Acrylic doesn't fade near as bad but it absolutely must have a primer and anything with rust should be wire brushed and hit with rusty metal [red oxide] primer in addition to the whole-frame primer, which can be almost anything.

    Bookmark   April 8, 2012 at 7:10PM
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"whole-frame primer"

What's that?

    Bookmark   April 9, 2012 at 1:58PM
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If you use an acrylic you will need to prime everything, but you might not want to prime everything with red oxide as it is not usually a large surface primer, unless you're doing a metal roof or rusty front door. The whole thing could be primed with znisser cover stain or similar white, oil primer.
Sorry I wasn't more clear about that.

    Bookmark   April 9, 2012 at 9:23PM
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