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Old 12-11-2013   #1
 
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Painting Ammo cans

I see some pics of different color ammo cans. Is there a best way or certain paint you should use, short of powder coating which is real expensive?

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I just painted mine with Rustoleum spray paint. Cleaned the can first, and lightly sanded it.
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A trip to the car wash to clean them off, then off the shelf rattle can spray paint from the hardware store.

I've seen some commercial ones for sale that were powder coated or epoxy based high durability coatings.

My objective was to color code them and make them less prone to heating on desert trips. The cheap paint might show a few scrathes but they have held up well for over 5 years.
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I didn't worry about how neat the paint job was because mine ended up covered with cool stickers over the paint job anyway
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I get mine powder coated. It is not as expensive as you may think, but helps if you go in with more than just one. I usually collect 5 or 6 and then take them down to the local guy. I carefully take out the rubber seal first and pop off the plastic handles on the 20mm cans (there is a seam, just find the seam and carefully pry in open and over the handle metal) . It can also help to bring some beer, and offer to sandblast them yourself. This has saved me some $$, as the sand blasting is the dirtiest and most time consuming part. I then tell him what colors I want and to hold them until he is doing another run. This saves him $$ because he does not have to fire up the oven for a few small pieces. I have paid between $5 for a can I prepped myself, to $25 for the larger ones he has to prep. Usually get 5 or 6 cans done for around $100.
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If you go with the rattle can method, use a wire wheel and scratch up the old paint so the new paint adheres better.
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Who powder coats them for you??
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Everlast Powder Coating in Carbondale. He is a friend, so I may get a better rate. Not the fastest or the best, but fits my needs nicely. I have thought about having him do more of them and then selling them, but then everybody has nice cans and mine aren't different and special any more.
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