Need a clearcoat solution to preserve rusty steel

CWirickMay 10, 2012

Hi, we used steel posts & beams in our new home rather than the typical timbers. We wanted an industrial loft-like look. I want to maintain a slight appearance of natural rustiness/authenticity while protecting against deepening rust damage and to prevent rust from rubbing off on the clothing of those who may lean up against them. Is there anything you can recommend? I prefer something I can brush on so I don't have to worry about overspray.

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You might want to try Dupli-color Clear Coat available at many auto parts stores like AutoZone or Advanced Auto Parts. Comes in a gloss and a matte sheen levels.
It is inteneded to spray, but if you are covering architectural columns I would think you could apply with a brush. If you are going for the rusty industrial chic look, I would think matte would look more natural.
Beware of clear lacquers that can turn amber or even green with UV exposure..
FYI- good clear coats for metals are pricey.
Good luck.

    Bookmark   May 24, 2012 at 12:54AM
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Spray lacquer.

Your choice of sheen, but matte would probably be least visible.

Do not use water based products.
The water in them will cause additional rust resulting in adhesion problems.

    Bookmark   June 2, 2012 at 3:34PM
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We have acquired a very old set of brass fireplace equipment including a fender and coal box all in solid brass (American made). After spending a month polishing, I can see the oxidation beginning. Does anyone know of a business in the Boston, MA area, esp. north shore, that will lacquer these pieces so that I can spend my free time doing something more relaxing?

    Bookmark   November 17, 2012 at 1:14PM
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