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How to Paint a Steel Toolbox

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How to Paint a Steel Toolbox

So, you have found yourself in the possession of a steel toolbox. Whether you bought a used one or got a brand new one from a retailer, it may need some work. Maybe you have found yourself needing a fresh coat of paint to liven it up and protect it. Thankfully, it doesn’t take much to paint a steel toolbox. So, in just a few easy steps you can have a great-looking addition to your shop or work vehicle.


The first and probably most important part of painting something is the priming. Take caution and prepare your base to help ensure your paint lasts. There are a couple of ways to go about priming but the best way to do it would be to rough up the surface of your painting with sandpaper or some other abrasive material. Then you should use a neutral primer that is meant for metal. Do not make the mistake of using paint that’s meant for other materials. It will peel off the toolbox, open up the possibility of rust, and look terrible. Use the right material and make sure every surface that would be exposed to the elements is covered in it.


After you get your steel toolbox primed and ready for the paint you’ll need to consider what color you want. Choosing a color that matches your truck or workspace is important, as the last thing you want your toolbox to be is an eye-sore. So, similar to customizing trucks you need to consider the look you want and how to achieve that. Once you have your color picked out there are a few ways to go about the painting. The primer will work well to hold most paints, but you want to pick a durable paint that can withstand the stress of being a piece of work equipment. Get your paint and put even, thick layers of paint on the steel toolbox. Take your time with this step and don’t go too fast. Otherwise, you will end up with drips and other undesirables. After you paint a steel toolbox make sure you allow time for the paint to dry in a clean area so nothing gets trapped in the paint.


To paint a steel toolbox isn’t easy, and definitely takes some commitment on the part of the owner of the toolbox, but, it is something that is gratifying to complete. A fresh coat of paint can breathe new life into a steel toolbox that sat collecting dust and dirt for the past few years in a garage. It also is a great way to customize that vital piece of equipment every work vehicle needs in a way that will reflect your business to your customers.

Maybe you’re still looking for that toolbox, steel or otherwise. Going to a custom metal fabricator like RC Industries makes getting the perfect toolbox for your truck and you a cinch.

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