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PostPosted: Sun May 12, 2019 10:48 am • #  
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Hello:
I know that refinishing is kind of a semi-taboo topic here, but my focus is mainly on the 302's, which really suffer from the combination of saltwater and neglect. The paint on 300s, exposed only to freshwater, seems to hold up well even after decades of use and exposure.

After acquiring and tinkering with six 302's over the past few months, most have very little if any corrosion internally. However, the external paint does show the effect of saltwater corrosion, especially on the spools and reel feet. I wanted to share my recent experiment in re-finishing and get experienced feedback from others who have also tried.

I've attached pictures of my first attempt. I decided to try first on a spool that had about half of the total paint missing. If this holds up, I plan to try again with the reel frame.

The underlying aluminum alloy was still in very good condition with no visible pitting. I mainly focused on the inside of the spool for functional reasons and because that is where most of the finish was missing.

I first tried a chemical stripper, and this had absolutely no effect on the remaining paint. I then tried a wire wheel on a grinder, and this quickly removed all the remaining paint down to shiny bare metal.

I then used two coats of Rustoleum Aluminum Etching Primer, which is light grey. After letting that dry for twenty-four hours between coats, I applied two coats of Rustoleum gloss black.

I think the finish looks very nice. I plan to use this spool, and will report back when I have some results from use to report.

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garthg,
Very interesting. I am curious to know what type of wire wheel worked well for you?

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Bill :tup


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I am wondering if the Primer that you have used is suitable for Aluminum Alloy. It may be formulated for Steel. Mind you, if the paint sticks then it should be OK. LOL

I have always used Zinc Chromate Primer for Aluminum.


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Bonaventure wrote:
I am wondering if the Primer that you have used is suitable for Aluminum Alloy. It may be formulated for Steel. Mind you, if the paint sticks then it should be OK. LOL

I have always used Zinc Chromate Primer for Aluminum.


It's specifically called "Professional Aluminum Primer."

https://www.rustoleum.com/product-catal ... mer-spray/


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GreatLaker wrote:
garthg,
Very interesting. I am curious to know what type of wire wheel worked well for you?

Kind Regards,
Bill :tup



I bought a Sears Craftsman Professional 8" grinder that came with a wire wheel installed. The wheel looks like brass, but the wires are in fact steel. I think it's just brass-plated wire for looks and corrosion protection.


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Out of the box, well bottle have you tried dettol to remove the paint
I see it crop up quite a bit when people talk about stripping paint from reels
I've yet to use it though


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John woods wrote:
Out of the box, well bottle have you tried dettol to remove the paint
I see it crop up quite a bit when people talk about stripping paint from reels
I've yet to use it though


I used what was described as a "Professional" chemical stripper which I believe contains methylene chloride.

However, the wire wheel worked so quickly I wouldn't try bothering with chemical stripper again.


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