Posted 07 June 2011 - 12:03 PM
I sanded and painted an all-metal reel a few years ago with auto products (aerosol self-etching primer, color, clearcoat) and after fishing it awhile, have a few observations:
Reels get lots of impacts that want to chip the finish, so use the toughest products you can find or the reel will look old again PDQ. Your new paint is not going to be as durable as the factory finish. Try to use a primer that matches the color of the reel because if the paint chips, it will show through. The clearcoat is the most critical element. If I had it to do over again, I would choose a high solids 2 part catalyzed auto clearcoat. Or maybe try spraying Dick Nite S81 topcoat thinned with acetone. Something really really tough!