Whoo Doggy! I am really close to having my mini build done! http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/t/...build-pics-door-handle-and-cheap-hinge-design) I am getting ready to weld on the angle brackets for my slide vent on my firebox. I need to know if I should paint the slide plate first and the area on the firebox under the vent slide before I weld on the retainer brackets. Any other advice on prepping for finish painting would be greatly appreciated!, I still have not done a burnout or cleaned up any welds etc. I have two cans of Krylon BBQ Black which is a high heat semi gloss and did not plan on using any primer. Do I season the smoker before paint or after?