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Old 10-06-2010, 07:28 AM   #1
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Window hardware rusted

In the process of replacing all the window gaskets. The window locks have alot of rust. I removed the locks and removed the surface rust. Understand the metal is "potmetal". Can this be painted before it is reinstalled? I found 5/16" stainless steel replacement nuts. The window arms were orginally chrome plated. The rust is underneath the chroming and therefore the chrome comes off in sheets. Should I sand down the arms and paint with rust inhibitor paint? There are two paint colors available: aluminum and chrome. Anyone have experience using the chrome paint? There are no rechroming places here in Savannah and doubt I could afford to get the pieces rechromed. Have researched this here, but did not find the answers. Thanks for any and all help. Jack

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Old 10-06-2010, 08:14 AM   #2
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I have used the chrome paint and like any paint you prep work will determine how will it holds up. Make sure it is clean of everything and sanded. mineral based spirits like paint thiner, lacar thiner. will take oils and junk off...

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Old 10-11-2010, 08:32 AM   #3
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Window hardware rusted

Here are pics of the window locks. One repainted (middle) and two about to be repainted. Found out the expensive way that one cannot force a rusted nut of potmetal. New lock should arrive today. Tested spraying chrome paint on support arm after sanding all the chrome surfaces. Trying to decide if I need to prime the metal before I put on the finish coat. Think that that may be too many coats of paint in a confined area.
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