Painting the metal filing cabinet is a great idea to add the style that your office needs. But, you need to understand how to go about the job.
The steps that you have to follow to get the job done will be explained in this article.
This guide is for those newbies who don’t understand the painter’s language but want to spray paint their metal filing cabinets on their own without creating any mess and getting a perfect finish and satisfactory results.
Follow each step explained in this guide in order to achieve the results you want.
You have surely seen these pieces of furniture before, and if you have been an office worker for any period of time, you have probably used one.
They are metal filing cabinets, and they have been used for decades and decades, but are now being replaced by standard filing cabinets, or electronic filing cabinets.
This Blog post’s Purpose: To show the uses for old metal filing cabinets and why you should consider keeping or making a home for one in your life.
- 1 Prepare the workplace before painting the metal filing cabinet
- 2 Sand the metal cabinet surface
- 3 Apply primer
- 4 Start painting metal filing cabinet
- 5 FAQ’s
- 6 How do you paint a steel file cabinet?
- 7 What kind of paint do you use on a metal file cabinet?
- 8 Do I need to Prime metal before painting?
- 9 Do you have to sand metal before spray painting?
- 10 Can I spray metal without primer?
- 11 Summary of How to spray paint a metal filing cabinet
Prepare the workplace before painting the metal filing cabinet
Putting a fresh coat of spray paint on your filing cabinets can really make a difference in their appearance.
But it’s important to do this in the proper setting so that you don’t end up with file cabinets that are shiny and nice looking but covered in rust from improper spraying techniques!
The best way to accomplish this is by making an outdoor structure by stacking old cardboard boxes on top of each other with some sheets of newspaper.
In order for you to take on painting your filing cabinet, there are a few things that you need to do beforehand.
First of all, make sure that the room in which you’ll be working is properly ventilated. There are many kinds of paint and lacquer available on the market today.
But regardless of what kind of paint you’re using, make sure it will cause no harm at all if inhaled, and be sure to wear proper protective equipment such as rubber gloves.
And a respiratory mask when applying paint to ensure safety from harmful chemicals. Here are some tips to paint metal surfaces.
Sand the metal cabinet surface
Sand the metal filing cabinet and clean it thoroughly. You can use wire-bristle brushes to clean it and wipe it.
Then wash the filing cabinet with soap and water. If there is any adhesive, dust, or other dirt still on the cabinet, then you can use detergent to clean it.
Then dry the cabinet and do a test spray painting on a hidden part of the filing cabinet.
You may need to apply a few coats depending on the color of your filing cabinet and the type of paint you are using. You can use 200 grit sandpaper for this purpose.
Use an appropriate primer on the cabinet (not needed if new cabinet). Then, use sandpaper to remove rust and paint as much as possible.
Apply several coats of primer until the surface is covered. Be sure to apply the primer in a thin, even layer.
Allow time for the primer to dry between each coat. Once the primer has dried, you can paint the filing cabinet with the desired color.
Start painting metal filing cabinet
There are two best ways to paint metal cabinets. The first one is to use an air compressor with an air spray gun.
It is a very effective method not only for filing cabinets but for any metal surface you need to paint. If you don’t have a compressor, you can use paint spray cans.
Though it is not as effective as a compressor, it is a good alternative if you have no way to get one.
Truly, you can spray paint cabinets with regular spray paint, but it usually doesn’t look that good.
But if you use a specialty metal paint like Rust-Oleum’s Metal Effects spray paint, you’ll get better results.
Spray 2 to 3 coats of paint. If you have a large metal cabinet, as opposed to a small one, you may need more than three coats of paint.
Let the paint dry for at least 12 hours before you start moving it around.
Summary of How to spray paint a metal filing cabinet
Now that you have finished reading this blog post, you should know how to spray paint your metal filing cabinet.
If you still have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us anytime in the comments section.
Thank you for reading and we are always excited when one of our posts is able to provide useful information on a topic like this.
Till then take care of yourself and spray-painting tools. Don’t hesitate to ask any queries in your mind in the comments section.