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Old 11-27-2019, 05:43 PM   #1
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Is it necessary to prep brass - in my case bumper posts - prior to painting? If so, how? And is acrylic or enamal paint more suitable for brass?

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it used to be with a short dip in vinegar to give some 'tooth' for it to bite into .. not sure what's recomended now
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it used to be with a short dip in vinegar to give some 'tooth' for it to bite into .. not sure what's recomended now
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You can etch the brass, but it isn't necessary. Clean it with soap and water, let dry, and prime it. Let dry 72 hours, then apply paint. Let dry 24 hours, and apply a varnish.

Either enamels or acrylics will work just fine. Modern acrylics are every bit as good as enamels -- better, in my opinion, because clean-up is easier and there is no health hazard. I use Vallejo Acrylics exclusively now.
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