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superflat black paint source for lens shade
Old 04-16-2009   #1
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superflat black paint source for lens shade

I inherited an aluminum lens shade that is less than perfect. All it needs, though, is a new coat of FLAT (non-shiny in any way) black paint. I just cleaned and scrubbed it with mineral spirit.

Where can I find a small amount of such. The art stores only have shiny acrylic or semi-gloss black enamel. So do the home depots etc ... I would prefer a can rather then a spray.

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You've first got to etch or prime the Aluminum. Etching primers are available form Eastwood's/ USA on the 'net. Zinc Chromate primers should be available locally. Eastwood's also has some really dull black paint.

I've read that an old trick to make black brush-on paint duller for hoods is to mix in fine ground paprika spice (available in any supermarket). No joke!
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When I re-assembled the GIII and wanted to cover the small holes, I got a tiny bottle of flat black over at Hobby Lobby. Any hobby shop should have that kind of stuff.
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When I re-assembled the GIII and wanted to cover the small holes, I got a tiny bottle of flat black over at Hobby Lobby. Any hobby shop should have that kind of stuff.
Make sure your hobby shop paint is OK for metal, not plastic.
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Black felt, or black velvet ribbon, glued inside the hood works great.
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Tetenal sells (or sold) both dead black and shiny black -- make sure you get the right one. From experience the dead black sticks very well to just about any surface.

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Old 04-17-2009   #7
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If you live in the USA, pretty much any decent hardware store will have either Krylon Ultraflat black spray paint or something called stove paint (a very durable and very flat brush-on paint meant for painting wood-burning stoves).
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Old 04-17-2009   #8
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I got a can of Krylon ultra-flat black at a Nappa car parts place and sprayed on two coats. And the hood now stinks, but will be gassed out soon, I hope. Feels dry and looks good, too.

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Old 04-29-2009   #9
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The paprica reminds me that black toner makes paint really matte. Liberate some from a printer or copier cartridge.
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Rustoleum flat black is what I like. It will stick to anything (except plastic). I use it on everything. It sticks even if the surface isn't completely oil free.

uhigfd, mentioned Krylon, and I agree they make a good product and their spray cans are a cut above.

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This tiny tin of matt black paint, from the model shop, has lasted me years - pictured here with one of my home-turned shades.
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One of the classic black pigments is Lamp-Black, from the inside of paraffin and oil lamps or a gas-fire/boiler flue, it mixes readily with any base media.

One can even mix it with epoxy and get a passable vulcanite repair paste
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About the "blackest" black I've seen is the paint used for model train engines.

The most elaborate system is 'flocking' and it really works well... and lasts.
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[quote=newspaperguy;1043441]About the "blackest" black I've seen is the paint used for model train engines.] - thats what the stuff in my picture - a few posts back, is for!, I've never felt the need to mess around with powders and mixing epoxy etc.!
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