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Galvanize or Black pipe.

I am planning out a project where I need some iron pipe. I would like to find some 1/2" pipe that it is just plain without any coating. Now can I paint black or galvanize pipe? I am planning on using rustoleum brand in the shaker can.

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Youíre best off with black pipe. Iíve never had luck painting galvanized and you donít want to sand the zinc coating because itís a serious health risk.


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I always use black pipe. I haven't found that glue sticks to it very well and scraping anything off is easy. It's also cheaper, which is a bonus. Woodworkers typically don't have to worry about corrosion.
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Black iron pipe has an oil film over top to prevent it rusting before its bought. If youre going to make a serious paint job on it, use sandpaper or a wire wheel and remove all the top coating back to bare metal. then wipe it with white spirit (paint thinners) before priming.
Otherwise the paint will come off pretty quick.
Yes, sanding galvanised pipe is a serious health risk. Dont do it.
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Black iron is easier to work with, galvanization can be toxic. I never bother with it unless I have to.


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Marlin - I have used the plain gray/silver colored galvanized pipe
for many indoor projects. (handrails, etc) and Rust-Oleum
rattle can paint will do just fine. black iron pipe from the Box Store
has like a tar coating on it - not good for projects. but great for bar clamps.

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I forgot to mention the project so basically I am building a pot&pan rack. I am going to use a 2"x6" and a 2"x4" kiln dry for the top and bottom plus the pipe in between, I gonna burnish, stain and hit it with some clear poly. I drew up something in paint but you should get the gist of the project :)

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Hi MJ


I'd go with black, it's easier to paint and a little smoother on the outside. If you use a tremclad or oil based rust paint you don't even need to sand it, just clean it with acetone or xylene or something that completely evaporates. In my experience mineral spirits, thinner and turpentine all leave a residue that isn't desirable. For the paint to stick you want a nice clean dry surface.


Since you don't need any threads you should be able to pick yours pipe up at a salvage yard or a bulk metal sales depot. Buying it at Home depot triples the cost because they put the threads on the end. I just bought 60' of unthreaded pipe from the metal supermarket for 1/3 the price of Home Depot, I saved enough to buy a used Rigid pipe threader set on eBay (I added gas lines for our kitchen and laundry room.) YMMV


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thanks for the drawing, Marlin.
are you going to make your own "S" hooks ?
I bought some 1/8" steel rod from Lowe's to make my hooks.
much cheaper than buying them at the store - painted them black too.
looking forward to seeing your skillet rack hanging and
filled with all your pots and pans.
(compare the price of electrical EMT tubing vs galvanized pipe at your store).

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thanks for the drawing, Marlin.
are you going to make your own "S" hooks ?
I bought some 1/8" steel rod from Lowe's to make my hooks.
much cheaper than buying them at the store - painted them black too.
looking forward to seeing your skillet rack hanging and
filled with all your pots and pans.
(compare the price of electrical EMT tubing vs galvanized pipe at your store).

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I dont know, I dont have a vice or anything to make hooks with. So I am gonna go with some store bought ones :)

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Alright I am totally changing a few things like the pipes :) I came across a ad while searching for some materials and came across some copper pipe flanges :). They cost a little more than regular iron flanges but wow, with the burnish and finish wood I think the copper pipes and fittings I would need to attach the pieces of wood together will look awesome :). It will take me a little more time because being on a fix income kinda sucks with a hobby like mine :). I am going to use 3/4" copper pipe.

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cool Marlin !!
after you get all that copper polished up, wash it with a solvent
and spray it with clear rattle can finish. stand them vertical while
spraying and drying and you won't see any runs.
(1/2" pipe is plenty strong enough for a few pots and pans).

Edit: I remember looking through Pinterest for pot hangers
awhile back and remember seeing the copper pipe hangers.
here are a couple of examples. if you go to the Box Store, you can get
some 3/16" electrical grounding copper wire that is easy to shape by a simple jig
and you won't need any hefty tools or vice. you buy it off the roll by the foot.
for more examples, google: "copper pipe pot hanger"
(you can still use the galvanized pipe and couplings, just spray it with copper paint).

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