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Old June 23, 2012, 06:40 PM   #5
Dfariswheel
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If you're going to paint it you can just degrease really well and apply the paint over the bluing.
The remaining bluing will aid in rust prevention.

The best pre-paint treatment is to bead blast the metal. This leaves a rough finish that gives the paint a "tooth" to bond to and greatly improves adhesion.
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