With spring coming, I would like to paint over the newly installed
galvanized metal conduit and outdoor meter box that was put in during
our 200A service upgrade.
Couple of questions:
1. What needs to be done to prep? Can I just apply a regular outdoor
paint primer or do I need special pre-prep and primer?
2. Can I use regular outdoor house paint over the primer?
3. Any rules about what can and cannot be painted? (I won't paint the
meter face itself :)
You'll want to use a primer that will allow good adhesion to between the enamel
/ galvanized metal and (I assume) your exterior latex paint. Easiest way is to
ask the guy at the paint counter, although it's always a good idea to
double-check the can instructions...mistakes happen.
Other than that, it all should be fair game for painting. Never hurts to
double-check with the power company, 'tho, assuming you can find someone to ask.
Regular house primer and house paint would certainly work but might look
funny if the brush marks show. Probably easier to mask off the area and use
spray paint for metal that will give you some rust protection as well and
give a better finish. Any primer labeled for exterior use over metal will
As for the rules, a quick phone call to the utility will give you a reliable
BTW I am considering this upgrade myself, can I ask how much $ it was and
how long it took. (ballpark, I know it has no real relation to my situation)
I had it done as part of a larger piece of electrical wiring and
upgrades. But all-in-all, I would estimate it took 2 people about 1.5
days. Materials were maybe $1000 -- so all in all about $2k which is
relatively cheap for my neck of the woods for upgrading an older house
from 100A to 200A
I have had good luck with simply wiping the EMT down with paint
thinner and spraying it with lacquer. I matched EMT to the screen cage
medium bronze using the paint they sell to touch up rthe aluminum.
If I was really worried about it I would have shot a coat of zinc
chromate primer on first. (available at a boat $tore)
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