Prepping the Product for Paint:
We do our best to ship a clean product, however we highly recommend a good cleaning before starting your painting. The cleaner the base, the better the final finish.
1.) Optional - scuff the whole product with 120 or so grit sand paper to remove all scale and to promote better paint adhesion.
2.) Optional - some small surface and weld scrapes, scuffs, and pin holes are unavoidable. If your looking for a professional looking finish, spending the time to sand these scuffs out, or to fill with a metal filler (and then sand) would be time well spent.
3.) Using mineral spirits on a rag, wipe down the entire product. Be sure cover as much as you can, including any nooks and crannies.
4.) Now take a dry rag and wipe down the entire product a second time.
After the product has dried, look it over to make sure you have removed all residues.
Optional - Your local hardware store (or automotive paint store) sells tack cloths for paint prepping. This is a cheap, sticky coated cloth that will remove all dust and fuzz from your ready-to-paint part. It's a good idea, cheap, and reusable for all sorts of painting/staining.