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Sorry for the delay responding Dbl Gman. After drilling all the holes for the 3/4" nipples, ball valves, and bolts for the grate support I started by priming the drum. After the primer was dry I added two coats of Rustoleum Gloss White. I used regular old Rustoleum High Gloss 2x paint.
In the meantime I determined the size of the stars I wanted in the blue field. I researched buying star decals but couldn't find any so I made my own. I created outlined stars and printed them from the computer. I used a large piece of plexiglass and laid out the 8.5 x 11 sheets with the stars on the plexiglass and used blue painters tape behind the stars. I cut out each star by hand using an X-Acto knife.
After I cut out all 50 stars I created a full size template to use for placing the stars on the drum. I had to cut out each star on the template so I could use it as a placement guide for the blue painter's tape stars.
Once I had all the stars positioned properly I masked off the blue field area. It was now time for the red and white stripes. I measured the height of the barrel and calculated the thickness of the stripes then measured and marked where I wanted each stripe. Again I used blue painters tape and masked off the white stripes. I painted the entire drum red now that the white stripes were masked.
You can see the stripes after I removed the masking. The bottom stripe is thicker than the others because I was planning to add a patriotic message.
The white and red stripes were masked off around the blue field and the area was painted blue. The blue painters tape stars masked off the stars so they'd end up white. (Sorry this picture is a bit dark)
After all the painting was finished I installed all the necessary. And Viola'!