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by SueT64391, Jun 12, 2012

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Q: What do I do with my cabin trunk?

I have this very old cabin trunk that has been stored in the garage for a number of years. It is in quite good condition overall, albeit the metal has gone a bit rusty.

I have this idea to paint it as a Union Jack in muted pale red/white & blue shabby style.

However, I am unsure if I should incorporate the wood and metal work, or leave them. What would you do please?

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by Matt Long, Jun 13, 2012

A: This sounds like a great idea. So, if you are going to the trouble of painting the trunk, why not do a proper job, and get rid of the rust on the metalwork?

Before you start painting, give the metalwork a good rub down with wet and dry paper, to remove the rust, and then either apply a primer and paint made for metal, or you could even apply a metal lacquer, to stop it rusting again. Then go ahead and paint the rest of the trunk.

A word of warning, though... protect the surface of the trunk when rubbing down the rust, or the fine particles will get into it, and cause problems with any paint you apply.

Best of luck with a great idea!

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