DEC beige/creame/white paint

Robert Ollerton rollerton at
Thu Jan 11 18:22:39 CST 2007

Oh Brass brushes, I use a lot of them on projects to get crud out of corners
and cracks.  Also safe(er) on Aluminum.  I have had to fix up a lot of
messed up surfaces that were the result of a wirewheel in a drill or
buffer.  OK for Iron work, not very good for surfaces.

I have two blast cabinets, one with glass beads for Aluminum and smaller
more precise items and the 2nd cabinet with what ever mean media is
available at the time, usually some form of iron furnace slag.   I have a
pressure pot sand blaster too, but I hate the feeling of sand sliding down
my plumbers crack...   I like to start out with chemical paint removers
first to get things softened up and workable and and then go for the media
blasting.   That way I can keep as much of the dirt and paint residue
outside my shop in a contained area, and then progressively move towards the
clean area where I do my paint prep.

On 1/11/07, Jules Richardson <julesrichardsonuk at> wrote:
> Robert Ollerton wrote:
> > If there are
> > areas that are rusty, for instance the bottom of a deep scratch, you
> > need to
> > get that out and down to bright metal...  A wire brush, dremel tool, etc
> > can
> > be used here.  You dont want to wire brush the whole item, it will leave
> > scratches that will telegraph thru any new primer or paint you apply and
> > show  on the surface of the new paint.
> FWIW It certainly isn't a steel brush that I've used whenever I've done
> this,
> but some softer (gold-coloured) metal - presumably brass. I'd expect the
> average steel brush will make a mess of things, however.
> I've not had a problem with scratches in such situations with the above,
> and
> it's proved far quicker overall than using chemicals for paint removal. I
> keep
> on toying with the idea of setting up some sort of blasting cabinet, more
> out
> of curiosity than real need, but it's one of those projects that can wait
> until I have more time (yeah, right :-) and somewhere more permanent to
> site
> it.  (I hear that things like baking powder work surprisingly well, and
> it'd
> be interesting to do some experimentation)
> cheers
> Jules

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