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I have a bunch of steel barbell weights that I bought used. They are a few different colors and have a large amount of rust on them. I have free access to a sandblaster so cleaning them up is easy.

The weights will be kept in a dry basement and I am not too picky about the final appearance. My main concern is that the paint doesn't chip off or peel real easy.

Do I have to do a separate prime first or can I paint directly on the sandblasted surface with a paint like Tremclad or something like that. I read the label on the "high heat" Tremclad and it stated that priming is not recommended.

All I want is a durable finish that will all be the same color. I was thinking of painting them flat black.

Any and all advice is welcomed!

Thank you.


Sorry for the delay but I was trying to establish if the product I can reccomend is available in Canada, and I think regulations on solvents will mean that it is not.

However I will give you a recommendation that I would do for the UK and see if you can get anything similar.

There is a product called Manor Hi Build Semi Vinyl Matt in Black, but available to order in any RAL or BS4800 colour and only made in 5lts at around 70 sterling per 5lt.

This product is anti corrosive does not need a primer dries in twenty minutes and gives a soft sheen finish that looks like powder coating after two coats.   The down side is that it is xylene based and I know some countries have restricted access to such products.

Hope this helps.

Kind regards,


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I can answer questions on all interior and exterior painted surfaces. Ranging from new plaster and woodwork to galvanised metal, rusty metal to exterior render stucco, All external timbers from solid oak to tannalised fencing. I have specialist knowledge on Flame Retardent products for Combustiable and Non Combustiable surfaces. Although some product knowledge of Car finishing I do not feel I have enough experience in that field to be able to offer knowledgable solutions.Colour queries are welcome but I have not got a design background and can only answer semi technical questions with regard to colour.


Fourty years selling decorative products on behalf of major manufacturers such as Permoglaze,Crown,Macphersons,Johnstones, Leyland,Sikkens & Sadolin. More recently in a merchant capacity I have been involved with Dulux, Farrow & Ball and Fired Earth products. I have recently commenced training in enviromentally friendly product ranges, such as vegatable oil paints and varnish.

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