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    Default Steel finishing

    Hey folks,

    I'm working on some indoor coffee tables and want to give them a gunmetal/burnished look without having to dip them into a bunch of crazy hot chemicals or spray paint -- I like the look of hotrolled steel but after I grind out the junctions there's the shiny bare matel next to the dark mill scale. Any ideas? The best I've found is:
    http://www.metallicfinishes.com/
    I'm working out of my garage and I'd like to keep it simple . . .

    Thanks --

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    oxy fuel rosebud, heat until bright red for a minute or so and let cool.

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    there was another place posted in my to paint or not to paint posting. i'll see if i can find it for you.
    thanks for the help
    ......or..........
    hope i helped

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    I have misted some bare metal projects with a rattle can of flat black paint and when dry, lightly by hand go over with a scuff pad and then clear coat. The paint tones down the shiny areas and has a nice raw metal effect. Home Depot sells Minwax urethane clear spray cans that have UV protecters.
    Sprays easily, dries fast.
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    I sprayed some salt water on it and it's sitting outside . . . maybe in a few days it'll get less shiny . . .

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    Quote Originally Posted by jtn View Post
    I sprayed some salt water on it and it's sitting outside . . . maybe in a few days it'll get less shiny . . .
    It will soon be a nice Rust color If this is what you want it can be a nice finish- just clear coat it.


    If you don't have an O/A set up like Laiky's suggestion you can use a Mapp Torch, which can purchased at any Box Store or Local hardware store

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    You can use cold blue for guns. It makes a nice blue finish. Wax it with Johnson paste wax in the yellow can and forget it.
    David

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