This page is just getting
started, but in a nut shell until I can go into greater detail,
this is my normal procedure.
I use mostly a product made by
Dupli-color called "Engine Enamel". Like it sounds, this product
is designed for painting engine blocks. What I like about this
paint is there is a nice selection of colors to choose from. Not
only is there many color choices, but the paint itself is a high
solids paint which is easy to apply with great gloss and little
chance to mess up. One other reason I like this paint is that
not only is it sold in a spray can, but it dries very fast and
could even be baked in an oven up to 500 degrees. Give it a shot
sometime, you might just like it.
Now for primer I use an etching
primer made by the same company, this gives the paint a nice
bite onto the metal. This product is seen as the yellow green
product in some photos.
There are a few other products I
use like the Rustoilum "Hammertite" finishes and a product
called "wrinkle paint" which is great to duplicate that old
black wrinkled looking finish so common in the 1950's. One tip
is to read the can and follow the directions. You apply the
paint nice and heavy with a five minute flash time and I like to
wait another five minutes and then heat it with a heat gun to
wrinkle the finish properly.