We ordered some doors for our house. We specified dark bronze hinges
and threshold. They arrived at the job and were installed before we
were able to check them. They arrived with silver aluminum or
stainless thresholds and brass hinges. I contacted the door mfg and
they can send me the bronze hinges to subsitute. However, since they
are installed, the thresholds can't be changed without removing the
doors and trim. Can I paint the thresholds and, if so, what kind of
paint will stick to the aluminum?
Most hardware and paint stores sell primers especially for galv. steel and
aluminum. Just clean threshold with 409 or Fantastic, very lightly sand
with 220 sandpaper or fine steel wool, wipe dry, and prime on a warm day,
but out of the sun. Any exterior finish canned paint can be used to cover
the primer. Or, you could mask off the primed area, then use a spray can of
preferred color, as this is a tiny area to cover, and won't drip, since it
Many oil based (or epoxy based) paints are designed for painting metal
surfaces, however, if it is a high traffic area the painted surface
will not hold up as well as you would like. As long as your willing to
repaint every so often, the paint solution could work.
Normally I wouldn't have a problem with this, but this is brand new
material. You have to kill the slick shiny surface. oil primer is not
always best -- ask a few paint stores for primers that really bond. i
know Porter has a really good latex primer, so I'm sure others do.
Porter even has a latex for painting directly to metal -- gotta say, it
stuck like glue.
replying to Hopkins, Eric Hays wrote:
DTM with an automotive grey primer. Work on Heavy traffic areas. Regardless of
what others comment I'm saying its been done and works. I own a remodeling
company and we have done it with several different applications that work.
Check out my site for step by step illistrated instructions.
On Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at 8:44:06 PM UTC-5, Eric Hays wrote:
The issue I see is that you need to evaluate if it's worth it. Once
painted, it will have to be periodically repainted, while if left as
an aluminum surface, it doesn't have to be. Same as a concrete porch
or similar. But if you're OK with that, then I'd paint it.
replying to Eric Hays, J Franklin wrote:
Our door sills/thresholds arrived silver anodized aluminum and NOT the bronze we
ordered. They are installed and my wife wants them painted and not replaced due
to the cost and hassle. Could you email me how you prep and paint ??(Check out
my site for step by step illistrated instructions. ) Thx in advance!
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