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Old 01-31-2010, 03:02 PM Thread Starter
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Aluminum Panniers Coating

I recently purchased a used set of aluminum panniers from a member here.. While shiny aluminum is pretty, I'm kicking around making them black on the inside and outside..

They're currently painted on the inside to help keep everthing from getting black from rubbing on aluminum.

What I'm wondering is what have you seen as far as coating that I can apply to the outside?? I've currently got a couple cans of flat black industrial spray paint.. I like it because it's cheap and easily touched up, but it's not very tough..

I've kicked around bed liner, but again, I want to do this myself and I don't want crappy looking bags as a result. The stuff I've seen doesn't give a uniform finish, and I don't want my bags to look like a 4 year old painted them with an old, used 6" paint brush.

Powder coating is nice but I don't have any of the stuff, and expense is also to be considered..

Any suggestions, or should I just use the spray bombs of flat black??
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Use a good "etching" primer before you apply any topcoat.

Personally I'd never paint them black. the sun will make a cooker/oven out of them.

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Anodize. It could be less expensive than you think. Find a shop and talk to them.

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Use a good "etching" primer before you apply any topcoat.

Personally I'd never paint them black. the sun will make a cooker/oven out of them.
+1, black would cook anything inside.
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Anodize. It could be less expensive than you think. Find a shop and talk to them.
Oh, yeah. If they are not anodized, don't even try to paint them. Nothing will stick to the aluminum oxide that forms on the surface.

If they are anodized, you can paint them with most anything after cleaning them well, but the paint may be quite prone to chipping and flaking.

You can usually test for the anodize with a volt-ohm meter by lightly touching the probes to the surface and checking for infinite resistance. If the metal does not conduct electricity, then they are anodized.

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