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- Apr 12, 2011
I just had an interesting experiment on a bracket I was making. Last weekend I painted it and left it to dry all week. Well, I went to mounting it and found that it was still very soft and sticky. The paint was enamal from a spray can (fresh can). After not wanting to wait any longer on "if" it would dry, I fired up the powder coating oven and baked it. Not ever trying this before I was unsure as to my results. I mean what temp and time do I use? I figured it didn't really matter as I was probably going to have to re-coat it anyway. So, after slowly turning the heat up to 200 degrees and baking it for about 3 hours I let it cool and removed it from the oven. The reason I baked it so long is that the paint stayed soft as long as it was hot, which I was not expecting. I then figured that it might harden up once it cooled down. Yup, that is exactly what happened. So, long story short, everything turned out perfectly and I was able to finish the project. Has anyone else experimented with baking paint? Please let me know how it turned out for you. I may do more of this in the future just to speed things up.