- Wash the metal thoroughly with hot soapy water.
- Rinse the metal and let it dry completely for several hours.
- Rinse the metal again with a weak solution of water and ammonia and allow it to dry.
- Remove any handles or other attachments from the metal.
- Sand the entire metal surface thoroughly, including crevices and dents.
- Wipe the entire surface with the tack cloths.
- Apply the primer as directed, covering the entire surface of the metal. It's best to start at the top and work down, section by section.
- Wipe off any drips that appear as soon as possible.
- Let the primer dry according to the directions.
- Inspect the surface carefully to make sure it's completely coated with primer.
- Apply the metal paint according to directions.
- Let the paint dry according to the directions.
- Inspect the surface carefully to make sure it's completely coated with the paint [source: Do It Yourself].
Once the paint dries, it should be good to go and you shouldn't have to worry about it peeling.
Originally Published: May 19, 2011