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Chris 06-25-2013 09:12 PM

Need some help to preserve paint
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OK So I am starting my project of building a smoker from a 55 gallon drum. My question to you guys is that I want ot preserve the original art on the drum, this portion will be the smoker portion and will likely see temps in the 250 degree area for hours on end which I am pretty sure is not going to hurt the paint at all. My question is can I clear it with either automotive paint or another kind to just help with keeping it looking good longer? The portion with he actual flame in it is a seperate part that I am less worried about. Another question is can high heat paint be color matched that you know of?

imported_Workaholic 06-25-2013 11:12 PM

This is outside of my depth. I am not sure if you can get HT tinted or not but you probably can within certain color ranges. I have seen HT paint for about 125.00 a gallon.

chrisn 06-26-2013 01:27 AM

Good idea, I guess, but you say it is going to be 250 for hours and will not hurt the paint? I am guessing it would but what do I know? How do you get it to the 250 degree point?

Chris 06-26-2013 08:35 AM

There is a separate chamber a couple feet away that is burning the wood and the smoke is the only thing going through this unit, It is acting more like a chimney. Temp will be closer to 200-225 regulated in this unit, there will be control valve both on inlet and outlet to either let heat out or keep it in.

I am no paint guru but people make these out of wood and have regular old stickers on them that don't melt away so I am only assuming it will hold up. I have no proof.

I would be willing to spend 125 on a gallon on the paint but will talk to my local paint shop to see about getting a quart. I have messed around with painting several cars but I still won't claim to know anything about it, I just wing it.

Chris 06-26-2013 08:36 AM

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This is kind of the general idea but mine will be slightly different with the burn box a little farther away.

chrisn 06-27-2013 03:13 AM

Ahhhhh, that makes sense, good explanation. I cannot help with the original question, sorry

Chris 06-27-2013 09:04 AM

I guess there is always the try it and see method. All else fails I sand blast it and paint the whole thing with BBQ paint

havasu 06-27-2013 10:41 AM

My question would that drum used or new? Would the interior of the drum emit dangerous toxins under heat? Pretty scary thoughts IMHO.

Chris 06-27-2013 11:40 AM

Supposedly new. I guess we will find out if I die.

havasu 06-27-2013 11:48 AM

Can I have your booze collection if you do?

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