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    School me on outdoor metal paint for ski chair swing.

    I picked up an old Soli. Summit chair that I would like to re-finish and turn into a ski chair swing.
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    So far, I have taken it apart and stripped off the old paint.
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    I don't know much about paint, and know next to nothing about exterior steel paint. My thought is to go with a midnight blue urethane base coat with a clear coat. This is paint usually used in automotive applications. There is also talk about a Urethane reducer which I don't fully understand (It is a thinner to reduce the thickness of the paint, so that it will pass thru the stray gun nozzle?
    I have no idea how much paint/clear coat/reducer that I need, whether I need to mix the base coat with reducer, or whether this is even the way to go. There may be spray can alternatives that will look just as good and last just as long?

    After painting the pole and chair, I plan to use teak slats for the seat and leave the back rails painted metal.

    Any thoughts will be helpful
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    Might powdercoating be in order? Not familiar with chairlifts, but that's what folks do with skateboard trucks and other high impact metal things to better armor them against chipping
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    From my experience with powdercoated stuff on Jeeps / trucks, it doesn't hold up at all. It tends to chip, then rust starts underneath and spreads. It's pretty looking when new, but I wouldn't use it on anything being left outside.

    I've had good luck with oil based paints, like Rustoleum enamel. Takes a few days to fully dry but then it's pretty hard. Rustoleum "professional" spray can paint is similar, and I've used that on metal yard furniture - it holds up really well.
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    Shoulda left the original paint...

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    I definitely think that I will need to prime it with Rustoleum.

    Regardless of color, the chair/bar are in desperate need of new paint. I like blue
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    Epoxy primer from auto body shop then single stage urethane

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    Clean the entire surface very thoroughly with acetone and then use a self etching metal primer and your choice of paint. I'd skip the clear in order to make touch ups easier since it's gonna live outside. Prep is key tho.
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    Kev's nailed it

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    Quote Originally Posted by SirVicSmasher View Post
    Epoxy primer from auto body shop then single stage urethane

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    Take it to a body shop sounds like solid advice.. Just that car's aren't made for sitting on all the time, abrasion, etc. Can't think of anything better though if powder coating doesn't hold up to the elements.. Also temp extremes, metal expanding and contracting outdoors is something to consider.
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    Acetone does not work on the paint at all. I did use Savogran Superstrip, which was OK, but the grinder with a 50 grit wheel works best. The nooks and crannies are difficult.
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    I'm w/ chup on powder coat. I've come to the conclusion powder coat just isn't all that durable.
    I just painted a house w/ aliphatic urethane(2cimpnent nasty ass shit). Suktass big-time. Without a sprayer you're left w/ brush/roll, spray cans(Kev's right- go to auto body supply and get the shit in aerosol cans- metal etch, epoxy prime, urethane), paint shop or powder coat.

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    The acetone is after all the old paint is off. It's to make sure that the bare metal has no oils or debris immediately before you apply the primer.
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    Cool. This means that the quart I bought won’t go to waste
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    yer gonna need a few coats to cover them grinder marks.

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    I've always had good luck using Rustoleum, but have been Using Tractor and Implement paint when I can. It resists chipping and I think it holds up to UV exposure a bit better. I haven't had to repaint mine but will use tractor paint when I do.

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    Acetone evaporates very quickly. Wax and grease remover is a much better product for this

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    Quote Originally Posted by SirVicSmasher View Post
    Epoxy primer from auto body shop then single stage urethane

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    This is a good plan. Epoxy primer is some durable shit.

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    Rust Never Sleeps
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    Quote Originally Posted by Norseman View Post
    Shoulda left the original paint...
    If that's truly a Summit chair, it was never that color while operational

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    ^^^ True Dat. I bought the chair from a maggot who lives in B-RIGHT-ON. who purchased it when the lift was replaced and then must have painted it. To obtain the precise history, the maggot needs to chime in.

    Also, I will fabricate something like this to create the mount:
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    Quote Originally Posted by tuco View Post
    Acetone evaporates very quickly. Wax and grease remover is a much better product for this
    Coincidentally, Wax and grease remover also works very well as a ski base cleaner

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    Schindler, have you considered just asking the auto shop to take all the parts and do all the work for you?

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    I have, but I am in need of a project. Besides, auto body shops tend to be expensive. If I wanted a ski chair swing, had the $$ and didn't want to do it myself, I could have just bought one for about $2K.
    ...That's not me. I'm trying to get it done for about $500-600 total.
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