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Old 11-20-2012, 08:27 PM   #1
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New to the board and need help with a paint problem. I cut custom steel signs on a cnc machine (www.acadianagraphics.com) and paint them with rustoleum hammer finish enamel paint. I usually let them dry 24-48 hrs before I box and ship them. The paint is dry but sometimes still somewhat soft. I usually rap them in wax paper thinking that will protect them but I have noticed that the wax sticks to the paint when you pull the paper off messing up the finish. No one has complained about it but need to find a better way to rap and ship these and that has lead me here to ask the pros. Any ideas on what i can do?

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New to the board and need help with a paint problem. I cut custom steel signs on a cnc machine (www.acadianagraphics.com) and paint them with rustoleum hammer finish enamel paint. I usually let them dry 24-48 hrs before I box and ship them. The paint is dry but sometimes still somewhat soft. I usually rap them in wax paper thinking that will protect them but I have noticed that the wax sticks to the paint when you pull the paper off messing up the finish. No one has complained about it but need to find a better way to rap and ship these and that has lead me here to ask the pros. Any ideas on what i can do?

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We end up using a lot of foam packing sheets or sill seal to wrap our enameled trim for transport.

Do the signs have any edges, etc. that won't been seen? That's where we'd attach spacers, etc. to keep things like doors from touching other surfaces.
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obviously it is not curing fast enough for you. you could try another product that will cure faster. like this one:

http://www.cloverdalepaint.com/contr...?code=76Series

for the time being try to first wrap them in a paper towel,maybe a shop towel and then ship in a bubbled wrapped envelope...just my 2 cents.
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No, I usually put them into a homemade cardboard sleave so it's cardboard>wax paper>sign>wax paper>cardboard and then I tape the edges all the way around. I use to just put it between 2 cardboard pieces but noticed it would dull the paint.
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Have you tried heating them to speed up the cure? Looks like most of the stuff on your site is small enough to fit in an oven.
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No, I usually put them into a homemade cardboard sleave so it's cardboard>wax paper>sign>wax paper>cardboard and then I tape the edges all the way around. I use to just put it between 2 cardboard pieces but noticed it would dull the paint.
waxed paper has some petroleum based material in it so it may be reacting to the oil based paint that you are using. use a paper product like a shop towel instead of the waxed paper. protect it with a bubble wrapped envelope. walmart sells them cheap.
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It would have to be a rattle can. Not set up to do anything else. I don't think it will ever dry enough. Seems to always stay pliable. Ran some test on some items over 2 weeks old and it still seemed to stick to it, mostly if you warm it up. (like in my car on the way to the post office).
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Have you tried heating them to speed up the cure? Looks like most of the stuff on your site is small enough to fit in an oven.
Heating them up seems to make the enamel softer. I have tried putting them in the oven at 120-125 degs
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waxed paper has some petroleum based material in it so it may be reacting to the oil based paint that you are using. use a paper product like a shop towel instead of the waxed paper. protect it with a bubble wrapped envelope. walmart sells them cheap.
Didn't know enamel had oil in it. Will have to try other materials. I have tried painters tape but if it's left on too long or put in a warmer environment, the glue from the tape stays on the sign also.
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It would have to be a rattle can. Not set up to do anything else. I don't think it will ever dry enough. Seems to always stay pliable. Ran some test on some items over 2 weeks old and it still seemed to stick to it, mostly if you warm it up. (like in my car on the way to the post office).

eventually buy a small titan hvlp like this for about $650...they are perfect for small jobs and quick dry enamels.

http://www.gleempaint.com/tica55hvn.html
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eventually buy a small titan hvlp like this for about $650...they are perfect for small jobs and quick dry enamels.

http://www.gleempaint.com/tica55hvn.html
I have a large compressor and plan on it one day but cans are great for what I do right now. Sometimes I just need to paint on my lunch break 1 piece (4"x4") and having to mix a batch and then cleaning up a sprayer after would be too time consuming.
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