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We’ve been doing some serious rattle-canning in the TM shop this week, and we’ve learned a couple of things: 1) Any kind of painting takes a tremendous amount of patience, and 2) all the same tools the pros use work great for rattle-can work as well.

Don’t doubt the fact that the guys at the paint supply shop will definitely laugh at you when you come in.  They’ll give you s#!&, lie to you about the gear they sell, and generally treat you like the total poser you are.  But they do have tools that’ll make the difference for you, and you may need to deal with ’em to get what you need.

Thankfully you can mail-order some of the stuff you need, like this portable bench from Steck.  One of the first things you’ll discover when you start trying to do more than just make something roughly a different color with paint is that you need to be able to comfortably get at all areas of the part you’re working on.  And seeing how anything you use to prop it up will get completely and totally covered in paint, you really need something designed for the task.

This bench folds up to get out of the way, and when unfolded stands 45″ tall with 38″ between its foam-padded rails.  Using the two chains you can adjust it slightly for height, and Steck claims it’ll hold up to 500 pounds — probably more than you’ll need.

Steck offers a variety of accessories to go along with it such as attachable, adjustable metal rods to hold parts in place and so on.  Good stuff.

It sells for $70 direct, but we found it on Amazon for under $50.  (Froogle didn’t find it for some reason, but you might have luck finding it with Google itself.)

Portable Paint Bench – Heavy-Duty Frame [Steck]
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2 Responses to Finds: Steck’s Portable Paint Bench

  1. nrChris says:

    I have re-assessed my original position on this one–at $50 it would be nice to have a dedicated painting bench. You can also use it as a platform for all sorts of fabricated jigs and one-off items for gripping and hanging your painted items.

    I have been using coat hangars and find that by hanging from my ceiling joists, that I am probably attracting too much dust as the items dry.

  2. Paul says:

    Some things have to cost you money, but painting racks isn’t one of them. I have made these butler’s trays in a matter of moments out of some scrap 5/4s, and a handful of screws. Now my painting table of choice is a reinforced metal panel (the side of a PDP 11/34) over two horses. Or, one of my rolling carts.

    I guess if I absolutely had to have this item in tubing 3/4 EMT isn’t all that expensive. I’ve gone through the trouble of making a masking station out of pipe.

    Paint jobs are judged on final results, not by the appearance of all the intermediate setups.

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