Forum Title: water-based paint for metal security doors
I have a project coming up where the owner wants some metal screen doors on a few units repainted. I repainted me own before with Rustoleum oil-based paint and it turned out alright. I'd prefer not to use oil based for this project and I wanted to know if there is a good, tough product out there will provide a good protective coat. It has to be something I can get at HD, Sherwin Williams, Kelly Moore, etc. I also need to prime them prior to painting, so any recommendations on a water-based primer and paint that will work well in this application is much appreciated.
Category: Painter Post By: BRANDON GOMEZ (Troy, MI), 07/20/2019

There are lots of options for you. First thing, you need to make sure that the doors are clean. I run into this quite often where the oils from peoples hands prevents good adhesion around the doorknobs. Also, cleaning crews sometimes use cleaners to leave a residue on the doors, as well as when the floors are cleaned waxes for other contaminants will stick on the door. And I also do a quick sand whether is recommended or not, and a quick wipe to clean all the dust off. The products I'm going to recommend are all from Sherwin-Williams If the doors have already been painted and you clean and sand,them a primer is not necessary. In this case you could ask the store for a high-quality direct to metal acrylic. Or you can use the pro classic waterborne alkyd, this has the durability of an oil paint, and it dries extremely quickly. These both have great adhesion properties. If you're interested in priming, I would use the extreme bonding primer, and once this is done you can use any high-quality semi gloss acrylic paint. I have used all the products that I have mentioned, for me, fast Recoat times are very important. I was doing a number of frames in an optical shop with pro classic waterborne alkyd, and within 15 minutes it was dry to the touch. I hope this helps, don't forget the most paint stores have a rep that would be happy to come by and discuss this with you.

- Jim Martin (Tulsa, OK), 08/11/2019

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