A.James Benney responds: Yes! Following proper preparation and application of the right product under the right conditions, the paint should never peel, but should provide many years of service before it simply wears away or oxidizes enough to warrant redoing.

We wipe down all new galvanized metal with a rag or sponge saturated with pure white vinegar (that’s your acid rinse), then we rinse thoroughly with clear, clean water and let it dry. This is to remove slick manufacturing residues that will prevent your paint product from adhering to the metal. You have to treat all surfaces, because you will...

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