Surface Preparation :
Primer Coat :
Primer coat plays a very important role on metal surfaces because metals are usually not friendly to paint coat and it is difficult for the paint to hold on to the metal surface. Coating the clean bare metal with primer enhances the holding ability of the surface. Some primers have rust inhibitive properties and are useful to prolong the life of the product. Primers are also essential when we are painting a light colour over a dark colour or vice versa. They help give uniform colour and texture to the finished paint, and provide better adhesion to the top coats.
Depending on the type of metal being painted, a suitable primer must be selected.
Generally 1-2 coats are required. Take care to apply primer on a clean and dry surface and allow the coat to dry before application of the next coat. For smoother finish sanding can be done with emery paper no. 320 before applying successive coat.
Finish Coat :
Generally two coats of finish coat are required to get the desired finish and colour. It is also important that each coat must be completely dry before the application of next one. Please refer to the instructions with the paint purchased for finding out drying time and special properties if any.