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Forum topic by Simpleman1775 posted 06-17-2014 05:27 PM 727 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-17-2014 05:27 PM

This is for part of my computer table. The wife wanted a hand made computer table. I am using Sapele and quilted maple for the top and tiger maple for the sides. We were going to do a live edge African mahogany for the legs but decided against it. We are now going to use 3/4” black iron (used in plumbing and natural gas)for the legs. We picked up all the parts last night. I didn’t realize how dirty this stuff is! I want to spray paint the “T” joints and plates in copper. The main legs and cross members will be a grey/silver. I am curious if someone here may have experience cleaning and painting this type of material. I know this is a woodworking forum but… the top is wood :). Thanks in advance.

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#1 posted 06-17-2014 06:54 PM

Clean it with any old degreasing cleaner, such as simple green. You can pray paint it with any old spray paint designed for metal. Be sure to use a primer first.

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#2 posted 06-17-2014 07:21 PM

If it has rust on it I hit it with a wire wheel. I then use acetone to get off the leftover residue. It works for me, ready to paint.

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