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    hi guys. i have a few ideas on things to make as sculptures. they will be painted on the inside, but grind with a flapper wheel on the outside. how can i keep the metal/steel from rusting from weather? spray can clear laquer? or will that rust over time?

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    You can spray clear from a rattle can or a spray gun. Or you can have them powdercoated clear. I have used clear polyurathane that i use on my hardwood floor and a spray gun because i has some left over from doing my floors...Bob
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    I've found that over time the steel tends to rust under the clear. Use stainless?
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    fab,

    you'll need to be Surgically Clean when handling the bare metal: Oil from your hands will start the rusting process quite quickly and if you miss the finger prints as well as any dirt/crud you'll end up sealing it and then you'll really notice it.
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    they are horseshoes, so i cannot use stainless. i guess i could powder coat them....$$$$

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    i found penetrol....its in the spray can too, just trying to find it.

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