Ivy Hollow - screen door, part 4

by brae  

Continuing work on the screen door. I was already leaning toward the micro mesh, but the overwhelming votes for it helped seal the deal! :D I tried a couple more tests to see if I could tone down the sheen. I tried to spray paint the mesh once before, while working on the RX-7, but I figured I'd try some other types.

Left to right:

  • Rust-Oleum Self-Etching Primer, which is a grey-green. It bonds to metal to serve as a base for better paint adhesion.
  • Rust-Oleum Aluminum Primer, which is light grey. It bonds specifically to aluminum, which is the mesh material. I bought this to prime the wagon wheel hubs, which are aluminum.
  • Model Master Metalizer Lacquer in Gunmetal, which is...errrmmm...gunmetal grey. :D It's a buffing paint meant to give a true metallic finish, so the finish is also meant to rub off.
  • Krylon Paint/Primer in flat black. The standard base coat.

And, here are the test samples. All very nice colors and no more sheen. Apparently, I was the problem when I tried painting this mesh before. haaaaaaaa. The paint adhered just fine without clogging the holes.

On the door, I think the clear choices for color are the Rust-Oleum Self-Etching Primer and Model Master Metalizer Lacquer in Gunmetal. Both remove the sheen and the results are not too light or too dark.

I think I will go with the Rust-Oleum Self-Etching Primer for the simple fact that it is made to bond to metal. The Model Master Metalizer Lacquer did rub off easily when I ran a paper towel across it, while the Rust-Oleum Self-Etching Primer stayed put.

7 comments

Comment from: Debora L. [Visitor]
Great choice! Love the tests too :D
07/30/19 @ 04:40
Comment from: Deborah [Visitor]
I really like the micro mesh, and I didn't even mind it's original color. But now that I've seen the test results, I like the darker color so much better. Great choice!
07/30/19 @ 16:14
Comment from: Sheila [Visitor]
I think you made the right choice. It looks great and it won't fall apart!
07/30/19 @ 18:40
Comment from: brae [Member]
Thank you!! :>>
08/05/19 @ 16:29
Comment from: marilyn [Visitor]  
Thank you for sharing the tests. Anyone heading this way will have saved a lot of money and time and frustration having it sorted out for them first. Sharing stuff is so useful.
08/07/19 @ 14:27
Comment from: brae [Member]
Thank you! :>>

I actually post for myself, too....so I don't have to reinvent the wheel every time or have to remember it all. :))
08/07/19 @ 23:16
Comment from: Irene [Visitor]
A great wee post for anyone considering a similar task. Isn't it usually the way though? The first test is the best test but you have to go through the options to find that out.
08/10/19 @ 12:24


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