How to Paint Aluminum Crutches

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How to Paint Aluminum Crutches
Paint aluminium crutches with a durable enamel. (Crutches image by Megan van Dyck from Fotolia.com)

Enhance the look of your bare aluminium crutches by refinishing them with paint. Before you begin, consider an important point about surface adhesion: although wood crutches are porous, making them relatively well-suited for paint adhesion, aluminium crutches are nonporous and require special preparation to ensure the paint adheres properly. If you want paint to stick to your crutches, treat the aluminium with a special etching primer, formulated with an acid base. Once the crutches are primed, they'll accept their new finish. Paint the crutches with a durable enamel, or the finish may fail.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Water-based degreasing cleanser
  • Coarse sponge
  • Rags
  • Towels
  • Professional painter's tape
  • Dust sheet
  • Metal etching spray primer
  • Acrylic spray enamel

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Use a sponge to wash the aluminium crutches with a water-based soap. Rinse the crutches with wet rags and dry them with towels.

    How to Paint Aluminum Crutches
    Wash the aluminium crutches with a sponge. (sponge for cleaning image by Serghei Velusceac from Fotolia.com)
  2. 2

    Cover portions of the crutches you don't want painted with painter's tape.

    How to Paint Aluminum Crutches
    Cover portions of the crutches you don't want painted. (blue painters tape image by Jim Mills from Fotolia.com)
  3. 3

    Place the crutches on a fabric dust sheet.

  4. 4

    Coat the aluminium crutches with etching spray primer. Maintain eight inches between the crutches and the spray nozzle as you apply. Allow the aluminium to dry for two hours.

  5. 5

    Coat the aluminium crutches with acrylic spray enamel. Maintain eight inches between the crutch and spray nozzle as you apply. Allow the aluminium to dry for two hours.

    How to Paint Aluminum Crutches
    Coat the crutches with acrylic spray enamel. (spray image by Petr Gnuskin from Fotolia.com)

Tips and warnings

  • Do not use acrylic or latex primer on an aluminium crutch, or the finish will flake.
  • Be sure to maintain eight inches between the crutch and the spray nozzle to prevent the paint from sagging.
  • Do not paint an unprimed aluminium crutch, or the paint will peel.

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