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ajstrider 04-13-2013 12:17 PM

UDS Paint Prepr and Painting
I have read a ton of UDS threads and built a few over the years. I would like to try and get a much better paint job on my next one. I get brand new drums from work so I don't do any burnout on them. They come painted black. Normally I get them sandblasted on the outside and then I use high temperature spray paint. They don't come out looking all that great. I see a lot of pictures of nice glossy paint jobs that look smooth and want to try for this look. Obviously sandblasting creates a very rough textured outside so I would like to skip this step. What kind of prep work and paint do you guys use to get such a nice finish on your UDS? I see a lot of people even mention that high temperature paint isn't really necessary. I am just curious about how to achieve a nicer looking UDS, maybe make a Pretty Drum Smoker instead?

J-Rod 04-13-2013 12:35 PM

Have you considered powder coating? Can't beat that stuff for durability.

BobBill 04-13-2013 01:12 PM

Seems to me, after a bit of use, the exterior might become a little messed up, so why bother? Even stainless seems to get hairy?

Since you get them at work new, is best way to remove anti rust coating with a degreaser or heat?

foam2 04-13-2013 01:13 PM

I was thinking about trying a spray on ceramic insulation like this one for my next UDS build.

Bbq Bubba 04-14-2013 08:06 AM

Soooo.....why are you sandblasting and repainting???

The original finish will last just as long.

Johnny_Crunch 04-14-2013 09:26 AM

The heat of normal smoking will not hurt the factory finish. No reason to repaint them at all unless you want a different color.

ssbbqguy 04-14-2013 11:19 AM

I powder coat every one that we build. When we started we painted and every year sand and repaint. PC'ing eliminated that. But I never wanted anything ugly anyway. Steve.

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