How to Repaint a Metal Filing Cabinet

Section of your remodeling strategies might include sprucing up your previous filing cabinet, or maybe you are saving a cabinet from storage or from a second-hand shop. Repainting it might bring out your internal graffiti artist, because the easiest and best way to use the paint is by spraying it around using an aerosol can of decay. You will probably be able to resist the urge to spray slogans, but you don’t need to settle on a colour scheme, unless, of course, you favor one. Whatever your colour predilections, proper planning is the key to getting excellent results.

Prepare the cupboard for rust and sanding remediation by emptying the drawers and removing them, whenever possible. Wipe down the closet with denatured alcohol and a rag to remove surface dirt.

Sand rusty areas with 220-grit wet/dry sandpaper to flatten lumps and eliminate residue. Dissolve rust deposits from massaging them with white vinegar or lemon juice until you sand.

Fill holes with auto body filler. Mix the stitch with hardener according to the directions on the container, then implement it with a putty knife, scrape it apartment and let it harden. Sand it apartment with 150-grit wet-dry sandpaper, then smooth it using 220-grit paper.

Remove the handles in the drawers or cover them using painter’s tape, even should youn’t need to paint them. Scuff-sand that the whole cabinet, including the drawers, with 220-grit sandpaper to etch the present paint.

Move the cupboard outside or to your room with plenty of ventilation and put it on top of old newspapers. Put on a respirator and spray on the cupboard and drawers with a single coat of metal primer. Let the primer dry for about an hour.

Spray on a single coat of metal enamel. If you are planning a multi-tone layout, then this is the base coat. Let it dry, scuff it using 320-grit sandpaper and spray another coat.

Let the base coat cure for 24 hours, then use painter’s tape and masking paper to create a design, if needed. After covering the parts you don’t need to paint, spray on the exposed areas with another color of tooth. Let the first coat dry, scuff it and then spray another coat.

Remove the tape and masking paper the moment the second coat has dried hard enough to touchbase. If you want to add a third paint layer, then let the second layer cure for 24 hours prior to removing.

Wait for 48 hours after spraying on the final coat prior to using the cupboard.

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