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07-06-2009, 12:14 AM #1
Painting a tool box
ok so i have a aluminum chrome tool box and i'm tired of the chrome left on my tuck. is there any way i could paint it the color of my truck (black)? if so what is all the steps to do so so i could get a good looking product and it withstand for a long time!
thanks in advance
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07-06-2009, 12:17 AM #2
Clean it, sand it, prime it and then put some good black paint (I've had luck with Krylon Fusion) with a clear coat. It should come out pretty nice and stand up to the elements well. Hopefully someone else has some better experience with things like this though and can give you some more detailed pointers.
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07-06-2009, 12:30 AM #4
well i would just rather do it myself but how much does the powder coating run and also if i would do it myself how much would i be spending?
07-06-2009, 01:48 AM #5
Considering how big your standard tool box is... and the cost of one can of spray paint being anywhere from $5-6...I'd say to get a good layer/coating of paint on it... $50 on just paint, primer and clear coat... (i'm going by my usage of paint over the past few weeks..) so excluding other materials like sandpaper/scrubbing materials... I would consider having it powder coated... When I bought my tool box I knew i wasn't going to be a fan of the chrome ones...with the shine eventually dulling and water marks... I went with a black weather guard box.. its powder coated and holds up well much more so than if it were painted..
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07-06-2009, 07:05 AM #6
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I actually just saw a toolbox that a guy had painted black the other day, and the paint was already peeling off of it. 90% of diamondplate is factory cleared before you buy it, so trying to get paint to stick to it is very difficult. I would also agree with the powdercoating it will last much longer, although I would bet it would cost more than your toolbox did. I just recently painted some off road lights with Rustoleum paint, it is the black textured paint which looks like powdercoating but a little ruffer. I also primed and cleared these, here's a picture for comparison. This paint is about $7.00 a can but worth it, I had $20 in materials just for these lights.
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07-06-2009, 09:54 AM #7
What color is your truck/What color will you be making your toolbox?
07-06-2009, 10:03 AM #8
if you did it yourself, i would suggest you get a brass wirewheel and clean off all the old first2000 silverado with a 5.3l v8, shorty headers, upgraded plugs, 10 mil wires, magnaflow high flow cats, flowmaster 80 series muffler(2 in 2 out) w/ 18 inch stainless silverline tips. i have a k&n CIA. its a 4x4 z71 offroad package. Ls model.
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07-06-2009, 10:33 AM #9
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I had mine "sprayed" with bed liner material when I had the bed "sprayed". Very durable and it matches the bed and running boards. They sprayed it inside and out (insulates it a little). Just a thought!
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