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Storage of cleaned parts prior to painting

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Posted by TJ in KY on December 09, 2012 at 12:17:15 from (

I was looking for some tips on how to store parts until weather cooperates and I can paint them. I use electrolysis (see previous post with pictures), wire brush, whatever it takes, but some parts I cleaned have flash rust on them the next morning.

I plan on using epoxy primer but if I do that I will likely have to store them till spring.

If you epoxy prime and don’t get it painted with finished color in the window, do you scuff it and then paint finish color or put another coat of primer and then paint finish color within the window.

Also I am really having a hard time trying to figure out how to get the whole tractor cleaned, washed down with wax & grease remover, and then primed. I will be taking off most small parts, but need a way to store them and prime and paint them separately.

I am very new to painting and I have read and searched the forum but I don’t see where this has been discussed.

Has anyone tried to store small parts after cleaning in a plastic tub or drum with some type of desiccant?? Where can I get some desiccant packs or pouches? I also thought about using the “space bags” and suck the air out, maybe even add desiccant packs??

Any ideas would be appreciated. I hope to have all mechanical work done and get it painted in the spring.


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