What paint for fiberglass?

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  1. Willie

    Willie Silver $$ Contributor

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    I made up a couple of sets of shooting sticks out of some gloss white fiberglass stakes. I used some rattle can spray, camo colors, to get rid of the shine. That wasn't too smart, as it won't adhere to the non-porus finish.


    I'm hoping someone can point me towards a paint that will stick. I'd prefer a spray can, but that might not be an option, as I may have to use some sort of epoxy. Any ideas?


    Also, I used the stakes just to get some measurements, so it was just a prototype. I've been all over the net, trying to find some relatively thin wall carbon fiber tubes for the final sticks, but all I've found have been too pricey for me, $10-15 per foot (3 sets for my sons, included). I'm not interested in the collapsible, segmented CF sticks for sale on the internet. Anyone have any info on cheaper CF options?
     
  2. Bill K

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    Check the canned spray paints in your shopping store. They do make a spray paint that sticks to plastic, etc. like outdoor furniture and all.
     
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  3. Dusty Stevens

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    Corvettes are fiberglass. They paint those with automotive paint. So if it can paint metal, wood, whatever its suitable for fiberglass
     
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  4. ARK

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    Are you sure they were fiberglass? Polyester or epoxy resin with fiberglass paints easily with common spray paints. All you need is to clean it with good degreaser and rough up the surface with 100 grid sandpaper. Polyethylene - does not paint.
     
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  5. JohnKielly

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    Maybe undercoat first.
     
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  6. Bc'z

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    No BS. I am a auto painter dusty is right paint will adhere to fiber glass.
    Scuff it with a scotchbrite pad, clean with a water borne cleaner.
    " soapy water n alchohol" 70% &a tuch of dawn.
    Auto paint store should have a rattle can of adhesion promoter. Spray this first lightly.
    If you go heavy it wont work.
    Trust me on this. Then a lil auto sealer, let flash and paint away.
     
  7. Drop Port

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    As Bc'z said and I use Rust-o-leum (spelling?) self etching primer.
     
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  8. Bc'z

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    Top of a cash box.
    Now if I could just get some you guys to send me some stocks to spray.
    It'd sure offset some of my shooting costs.
    Mama says I need to figure out a way to make my hobby pay for itself.
     
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  9. Willie

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    Thanks for all the hints. I just used the run of the mill Rust-Oleum after sanding with coarse paper and a rag, damp with laquer thinner.

    It seemed to have a very slick surface, so there's no telling what composition it really is, maybe some kind of coating on it. Y'all had some good ideas, so I'll check the paint store tomorrow. I think the spray I used on the plastic chairs was an acrylic, but not sure. The adhesion promoter sounds good, I'll check on that.

    I knew you guys would have an answer, many thanks. Willie
     
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  10. Bc'z

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    Remember thin to win with adhesion promoter
     
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  11. Bc'z

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    One more thing, when you clean for paint.
    Wipe waterborne cleaner on liberally, this loosens dirt and contaminates, drying with fresh towels picks it up. Tack wipe n spray
     
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  12. Willie

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    Bc'z,
    I'll keep it thin. I put a lite coat of tan on first, 8-10" away and cross strips of grey a couple hours later. It was looking pretty good, til I checked it today. Thanks for the help.

    If I had a money box, I'd let you paint it for me. LOL
     
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  13. Dusty Stevens

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    I cant even afford the cash box itself
     
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  14. Bc'z

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    That was a Rogue safe, back when they made them in house.
    Ordered it in primer to save money on paint.
    Like that really worked.
    I clear coated the top 3x's, the rest was cleared twice. Yeah some savings.lol
     
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  15. painter

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    I operate a small autobody repair shop, scotchbrite pad, clean with windex, plain old windex. any spray can of paint that you like it will stick, windex is all I have used for years, no fisheyes, if something comes in with super wax on it add about 10% acetone do it twice, no fisheyes.
     
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    Yeah"
    What the heck"
    Man does way lots for everyone at the drop of a hat.
    Let's get some biz headed that way..
    J
     
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  17. Bc'z

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    Thanks Jim
     

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