How to Refinish a Galvanized Honey Extractor

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How to Refinish a Galvanized Honey Extractor
Use an etching primer. (extraction image by Claudio Calcagno from Fotolia.com)

If you plan to refinish a galvanised honey extractor, consider two fundamental points. Galvanised items are coated with zinc. This leaves them resistant to oxidation. Unfortunately, it also makes them resistant to new finishes. If you want a new finish to adhere to your extractor, treat it with an etching primer or flaking will result. In addition, because honey extractors come into contact with an edible, they require a specific type of enduring paint that won't come loose and pollute the honey.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Heavy-duty fabric dust sheet
  • Steel wool
  • Waterborne degreasing soap
  • Rags
  • Professional painter's tape
  • Cans of galvanised metal etching spray primer
  • Cans of appliance epoxy spray paint

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Take the extractor apart and place each item on a heavy-duty fabric dust sheet.

  2. 2

    Use steel wool to wash the galvanised honey extractor with a degreasing soap. Rinse the honey extractor, using wet rags. Allow the extractor to dry for three hours.

  3. 3

    Protect portions of the extractor that are to remain unpainted, using tape.

  4. 4

    Coat each part of the galvanised honey extractor with etching spray primer. Maintain eight inches between the honey extractor and spray nozzle as you apply. Allow the extractor to dry for three hours.

  5. 5

    Coat each part of the galvanised honey extractor with appliance epoxy spray paint. Maintain eight inches between the honey extractor and spray nozzle as you apply. Allow the extractor to dry for three hours.

Tips and warnings

  • Do not use ordinary primers on a galvanised honey extractor, or the flaking will result.
  • Don't use latex or oil paint on a galvanised honey extractor, or particles of paint may come loose and pollute the honey.
  • Maintain eight inches between the honey extractor spray nozzle, or sagging could occur.
  • Never paint unprimed galvanised honey extractors, or peeling will occur.

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