How Can You Paint Your Truck Tool Box

Is your truck toolbox rusty or just plain dull looking? Well in that case it could use a new paint job, and it is not as as hard as it seems. The following instructions are for an aluminum truck toolbox, but you can use the same steps for other types of truck toolboxes.

Materials You’ll Need

  • Paint
  • Truck toolbox
  • Cloth for cleaning the toolbox
  • Sandpaper 80 grit
  • Smoother sandpaper
  • Degreasing cleaner
  • Rubbing alcohol and cloth
  • Etch primer

Step 1 Clean the toolbox

Clean the toolbox and remove the grease if there is any. Whether it is aluminum or any other material, it is important to clean the surface before applying any paint.

Step 2 Sand the surface

Use the 80 grit sandpaper on the toolbox. If you want a shiny finish, sand the surface again but this time with a finer sandpaper. Use progressively finer sandpaper to make the surface look good.

Step 3 Use a degreasing cleaner

If you have not yet done already, use a degreasing cleaner. Check the toolbox surface for any article remnants. Use a tack cloth to get rid of these particles. Get rid of all the dust and metal particles since they speed up rust and corrosion.

Keep repeating the process until the surface is dry. When it’s dry, dip a clean piece of cloth in rubbing alcohol and wipe the toolbox surface. Allow the alcohol to dry.

Step 4 Apply etch primer

Shake the can of etch primer for a couple of minutes. Apply an even coat on the toolbox surface. Wait for 5 minutes and spray another coat. Allow the etch primer to settle for 20 minutes.

Step 5 Paint the toolbox

Apply all weather or high heat paint on the toolbox. Apply light coating evenly. Follow the instructions on the spray can or whatever paint you’re using.

Let each coat settle for a few minutes before applying the next layer. Refer to the instructions on how long to wait before you can apply the next coat.

Apply as many coats as you want. The more coats you apply, the more protection your toolbox gets, but the longer it will take to dry.

After the paint dries, step back and admire your handywork.

Tips and warnings:

  1. Use only high quality paint
  2. Wear protective clothing when painting
  3. Paint only in a well ventilated location
  4. Apply the paint evenly so it comes out looking fine
  5. Use a steel wool pad to buff the surface
  6. Paint and spray are applied in a sweeping manner
  7. Paint in clear sunny weather for faster drying times


Painting a toolbox should not take long, and with the right approach you will have that toolbox ready in no time. Even if you don’t have a lot of experience with painting, the steps outlined above will help give that toolbox a shiny new look, aluminum or otherwise.

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