Painting flatbed

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    So I want/need to paint my flatbed.
    I have some paint made by anchor. It was called saf-t-gaurd, iirc. Label is now Mia. Planned on rolling or brushing.
    Should I try to wire wheel any? Or just go at it.
    I don't really have access to any other rust removal methods. Only heavy/flakey rust is underneath where the cross pieces are. They should have been fully welded. But that's here nor there.
    Other thing is, should I try to throw down a rust converter first? I have some rustoleum spray.

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    Check your tech sheet. I'm not familiar with that product but some of them don't play well with rust converter. That being said, If it were me, I would wire wheel it, soak it down with some type of the metal prep and paint it. I have had good luck with the POR metal prep stuff so far. I spray it on and work it in with a scotchbrite pad. Can't speak a lot to longevity yet but it hasn't caused me any problems with the top coats. I put it on my frame after it was sandblasted because it started to flash rust on me. I then went over it with enamel primer and paint and it still seems to be pretty good. Frame sat outside last winter with really no ill effect.

    The rust converters work pretty good as long as you have got the rust down to just surface rust. You'd be surprised sometimes when you think all you have is surface rust and then you start chipping at it and it flakes.
     
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    Oh yeah, the other thing. Is their a easier way to wire wheel diamond plate? Lol

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    Not much paint left. Whatever is on it came on it. Stuck on fairly good.
    This weekend I'm gonna hit it a bit and see what happens.

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    wire wheeling diamond plate, i use a 7" grinder with a 5" cup wire wheel, gets in there pretty good, and will tell you that you need o work out afterwards lol
     
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    I have a cup wheel for my 4".
    Another question, once I wheel it down, what do I do to get the rust dust off?
    Nothing air powered.

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    Have used a shop vac.
     
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    I don't know about how well it plays with painting over it with what you have, but I have had great results using the Loctite Extend. I've been using it for years, I really like it and it comes in a bunch of different cans/spray, etc.

    I've heard great things about POR too, it's pretty spendy but all the stuff that works seems to be expensive.
     
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    I bet the loctite has phosphoric acid in it. I was seeing something about putting a coating of that on to get rid of any last rust.

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    Good lord, I now hate diamond plate. IF I were to ever do that again, I'll take it somewhere and have it blasted or tanked.
    I only did the top and side. Basically the visible stuff. Gotta redo some because someone doesn't understand the aspect of "paint until no rust shows through."
    Left the center section of the headache rack as I need to weld the cross pieces. Suckers get to rattling like hell.
    Also on the underside, I think I'm just gonna hit it with the rustoleum rust converter stuff, then over that with some semi gloss I have. (Of course after wire wheeling what I can) and maybe touch up some of the frame while I'm at it.
    I used about half the gallon. Stuff is thick. I could probably thin it, then use it on the frame also.
    Definitely looks a million times better. I'll get some pics tomorrow.

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    Somewhat of a before pic. Was the area with the least amount of rust though. Lol
    20150910_183412.jpg
    And after.
    20151012_142850.jpg 20151012_142905.jpg 20151012_142925.jpg
    Now I'll have to do the bumper a different color. Then I'll have to do all the wheels (or replace with the ones oldbull linked) Then I'll have to do something with the body paint.
    It's one thing after another. Lol
     
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    Looks good
     
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    Of course the pics don't show it as good.
    I'm actually surprised in the results. I mean it was brushed on and all. Lol

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