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Painting steel targets
« on: March 12, 2019, 09:01:15 PM »
I learned a couple of things when painting up my steel hanging targets. I use Rustoleum Flat White Primer most of the time. It's fairly cheap and always handy at the local hardware store. Steveoh brought over some Krylon primer/paint combo and it doesn't work nearly as good. It gets it done but it takes more material and dries a lot slower.

I also noticed that it was extremely hard to cover the impact marks. The paint would just bead up and run off. I'll bet this is because I started using lubes bullets. I think the 10 wt. shock oil lube is being imprinted on the target.

I've had my range decorated up like a carnival before, especially when visitors come over to shoot. Different colors show nicely but you can't beat flat white. Impact marks can easily be seen at 200 yards and beyond. I use the little orange stickers that come with the Shoot-N-See targets (I need those the least...LOL) for stick on target dots. They stick much better to steel than they do to the SNC targets. Keep in mind if you stick something to the steel you will have a residue of paper/glue that is a bear to get off. Don't stick large Caldwell 5" targets on them (Steveoh) or they never come off.

I love shooting steel with both big bore and small bore. Loads of fun. Next on the list for homemade targets are worn out 10" continuous rim tile blades. Beautiful sound and I'm working on making one that makes a puff of colored chalk (and no 'ding!') when a pellet passes through the 5/8" arbor hole in the middle.

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Re: Painting steel targets
« Reply #1 on: March 13, 2019, 05:13:36 AM »
You're using the wrong paint! What you need is acetone-based acrylic marking paint. Darn stuff will stick to an oil slick! I know it is available in 5 gallon buckets, but big box stores should have it in spray cans.

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Re: Painting steel targets
« Reply #2 on: March 13, 2019, 05:36:23 AM »
They also make a paint for steel targets. Not cheap.

I just use the cheap spray paint from Lowe's.
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Re: Painting steel targets
« Reply #3 on: March 13, 2019, 06:32:25 AM »
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Re: Painting steel targets
« Reply #4 on: March 13, 2019, 09:10:28 AM »
oh the gauntlet is thrown down. Gonna find some of this here "marking" paint.

I used silicone seal for sealing up the windows on my home built Tolman Skiff. Well, guess what? If you have to paint over anything that has had silicone seal on it, good luck! Nothing sticks to that stuff. As my dear old Dad would say, it's slicker than eel snot.
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