I was sick of finger printing and smudging my Celestron C6R yard Cannon Refractor (I LOVE THIS FREAKING SCOPE)! I bought a solid Aluminum Handle from FleaBay, then I painted it with Rustoleum 7215 Black Hammered rattle can paint, and it PERFECTLY matches the adjustable front hammered finish on the Objective Front cell.
It took a Light coat, then I pre heated the Oven to 300 degrees F. I hung the piece and baked it for 20 minutes. The Paint flowed and glossed perfectly! Hard as a rock, and it matches perfectly. If you want to bake something bigger I would add another 2 minutes for every 3 inches added, this is 6 1/2 in long and 1/2 inch wide I made a Bar to span the top side of the rings.
If you were going to do a larger flat surface like the size of a large laptop I would add 10 minutes. I have tried just about every time and temp and 300 at 20-30 minutes works the best. **IMPORTANT** You should lightly sand with a 200 grit sandpaper then wash with HOT water and Dawn dish soap, If the final rinse water is hot enough it will dry itself!. Wash your hands too, and dry the piece, prime a lite coat of primer, and let dry for an hour. You could use a rattle can paint with a built in primer. the Hammered paint I used didn't need a primer. If you don't sand and wash most likely than not you will get Fish-eye spots, they look like little craters that are bare in the center. These are caused usually by finger prints or oil/grease. I find it best to paint a very fine first coat, let it set for 30 minutes to avoid runs. Follow it up with a slightly thicker coat and hang off the rack right away. You will see all I had was brass washers but I plan to paint the bar sprayed with the same 7215 Hammered paint but I ran out.
Feel free to PM me if you need help. It is partly why I started this Thread in the first place. It is here to help those that just need a bit of encouragement or help.
Happy Painting my friends!
Oh gosh, I sound like that fuzzy Haired guy with the
Pet Squirrel, and the happy trees and bushes, haha
Edited by orion61, 26 January 2020 - 03:09 AM.