Painting An Historic Steel Home: Lustron Homes originally built for returning WWII veterans

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Tom Kraeutler
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My question is about painting my new home, which I am jonesing to decorate. It is a Lustron home made of porcelain enameled steel and was manufactured from 1948-1950 in Columbus, Ohio, to try and help alleviate the housing shortage after WWII. The walls, inside and out, beams, roof, ceiling joists and studs are all metal. The floors are covered concrete, with vinyl flooring in the kitchen and bathroom and carpet through the rest of the house.  It's a difficult material to paint, and I've heard it compared to 1) painting a car, 2) painting a bathtub or 3) painting an appliance. I really, really, really want to change the colors that are here. The kitchen and bathroom are a horrible yellowish brown color, and the rest of the rooms are a grey color. Do you have any suggestions for painting my historic steel home? Any ideas would be appreciated.


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