How To Prep A Saw Blade For Painting
Painting saw blades is a great way to turn a tool into a piece of art. They make excellent canvases. You can't just pick up any saw blade and begin painting, though. You need to prep the saw blade first so that the painting will look perfect and last a long time. It doesn't matter if you use an old blade or a brand new one, you will still need to do some prepping:
What You Need:
- Medium sand paper
- Spray-on metal primer
- Paint brush
- Place the sand paper on the sander. You can use an electric sander or a hand one.
- Run the sand paper over the saw blade. This will loosen up the rust on the blade and make it fall off. It will also leave you with a very smooth surface.
- Repeat on the back side of the blade even if you aren't going to paint it.
Prime the Blade
- Spray the blade with metal primer. Primer will help to cover up the rust still on the blade and will also help prevent more rust from appearing later. This is a necessary step.
- Hold the spray can about 12 inches from the blade.
- Start at the top of the blade and spray the primer just beyond the left side. Move your hand to the right and keep spraying until you pass the right side.
- Move down a little on the blade and repeat by spraying left to right. This creates an even coat of paint.
- Let the primer dry and repeat with a second coat.
- Prime the back of the blade as well.
Apply a Topcoat
- Paint the front of the saw blade with an even coat of paint.
- Use the paintbrush and paint from top to bottom. That way you paint over any paint that might run a little. This creates an even coat.
- Let the paint dry and then repeat with a second coat. A top coat guarantees you have a one color surface to work on.
Tips and Tricks
- Use a topcoat that is the same as the paint you'll use to paint with. If you plan to use acrylics then use acrylic paint as your topcoat. If you use oil-based paint then use that for the topcoat.
- Acrylic paints dry faster than oil-based paints. If you're working on a large saw blade then you might want to use oil-based paints so you have more time to work.
- You can skip the sanding part if you use a brand new saw blade. Don't skip the primer, though. It protects the blade so that the painting lasts longer.
- Make sure to seal the painted saw blade with non-yellowing spray sealant. This will protect the paint for years to come.
Your saw blade is now ready for your masterpiece. To learn more, contact a company like Bomba Diamond Tools with any questions or concerns you have.