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Refinishing a Safe Door

I recently picked up a used gun safe. Long story short, the original owner put weather strip stick on insulation on the OUTSIDE face of the door! I have no idea why he didn't do it inside the door, but whatever.

So In cleaning this stuff off I start stripping it with a plastic razor blade (typically used in auto detailing to remove decals, stickers, dealership badges etc) which is paint safe. Well, it appears that the adhesive from the stick on weather stripping soaked into the textured paint on the door, and the paint peeled right off with the weather stripping! So now I have this 2" section with no paint around the whole trim of the door!

So I'm trying to figure out what the best way to refinish the door is, that will actually match the hammer coat finish the whole safe has currently. My first thought was to try the Rustoleum Hammer Finish, but the black hammer finish isn't really black...it's more like an oily brown (I found out the hard way after touching up my bullet press). I checked three different cans of the Rustolium hammer finish from three different locations, and sure enough, it's an oily brown rather then black....which would be painfully obvious that it doesn't match the rest of the safe textured black.

Anyone have any suggestions or ideas as to how I can "restore" this safe door? I don't want to repaint the whole damn thing, nor do I want to take the door off and send it out for powder coating. I just want to refinish the face of the door and have it looking nice.

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Put a poster over it? It's a safe not a piece of furniture. Right?
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Put a poster over it? It's a safe not a piece of furniture. Right?
True, but I don't like my gear looking all hack and slash. In fact, it might as well be a piece of furniture. Add to that, I don't like doing things half-ass...and it now has bare metal open to the elements. So it has to be painted over somehow...I may as well do it right.

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I think they sell hammer finish paint. Check with rustoleum products.

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How about a vinyl stripe/rectangle to cover the area in question? Maybe even a design of sorts?

I would not touch trying to repaint it. Not sure what that would do to the fire rating (assuming it's fire-resistant).

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Can you clean up the area that lost the paint, give it a polished/brushed look around the edge with a nice clean line, like it was meant to be that way. Then clear over it.

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I think they sell hammer finish paint. Check with rustoleum products.
Thanks for reading all the first post, Kirk! Very Helpful suggestion!

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How about a vinyl stripe/rectangle to cover the area in question? Maybe even a design of sorts?

I would not touch trying to repaint it. Not sure what that would do to the fire rating (assuming it's fire-resistant).
Paint wouldn't effect the fire resistance in any major way. Besides, fire resistance on all but the highest end safes is nothing but fire rated drywall on the INSIDE.

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Can you clean up the area that lost the paint, give it a polished/brushed look around the edge with a nice clean line, like it was meant to be that way. Then clear over it.
This is actually a neat idea! So is the vinyl stripe to a lesser extent. My first goal is to find a decent hammer finish, and failing that, these are two good ideas.

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Krylon also makes a hammer finished paint. Have you seen or tried that?

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Like the accent strip idea..... silver. gold, something to match the hardware maybe.


You could make it look intentional.


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Krylon also makes a hammer finished paint. Have you seen or tried that?
No, I looked at two stores, and all they had was the Rustoleum stuff. I'll see if I can hunt down the Krylon. Maybe they have something that's actually BLACK.

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Like the accent strip idea..... silver. gold, something to match the hardware maybe.


You could make it look intentional.


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Or I could go the other way and just go totally ugly...something like a full on digital camo airbrush job across the front.

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Have you contacted the safe manufacturer?

I would imagine the would have touch-up kits.

Otherwise, I'd border out the damaged area with a color of choice, then stripe it.

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try hammerfinish for the texture then a light coat of actually black paint?

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A reflective type of vinyl striping on the outer edge would be a plus for firefighters if there ever was a fire, hopefully there will never be a need! Call Browning and ask if they sell the touch up paint in aerosol form?

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try hammerfinish for the texture then a light coat of actually black paint?
duh! Why the fuck didn't I think of that...thanks, J!

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A reflective type of vinyl striping on the outer edge would be a plus for firefighters if there ever was a fire, hopefully there will never be a need! Call Browning and ask if they sell the touch up paint in aerosol form?
Yeah, I'm going to call Browning this week if the Krylon doesn't look right...though Pilot's idea makes sense, and is so simple I'm kicking myself for not thinking of it! I could use any decent hammertone finish, then just go over it with a durable black enamel like they use on office equipment!

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