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Unread 04-13-2013, 11:17 AM   #1
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Default 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?
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Unread 04-13-2013, 11:35 AM   #2
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Have you considered powder coating? Can't beat that stuff for durability.
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Unread 04-13-2013, 12:12 PM   #3
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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?
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Unread 04-13-2013, 12:13 PM   #4
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I was thinking about trying a spray on ceramic insulation like this one for my next UDS build.
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Unread 04-14-2013, 07:06 AM   #5
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Soooo.....why are you sandblasting and repainting???

The original finish will last just as long.
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Unread 04-14-2013, 08:26 AM   #6
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The heat of normal smoking will not hurt the factory finish. No reason to repaint them at all unless you want a different color.
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Unread 04-14-2013, 10:19 AM   #7
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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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