Preserving rust

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Old 11-02-04, 04:35 PM
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Yes, wierd question I know, but is there any way to preserve the old weathered look of rusted sheet metal? I have a few pieces of sheet metal that I want to turn into a incense burner for a friend of mine and I want it to look "old". The metal has a light surface rust over parts of it. Is there anything I can put on it so that it will stop rusting at the point its at, and not rub off? Maybe just some clear coat spray paint? Any other ideas? Thanks in advance for any replys.
 
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Old 11-02-04, 08:38 PM
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I don't know about preserving rust but here is a paint that looks like rust (and other metalic finishes);

http://www.metallicfinishes.com/

Here is a thread on another site I remember seeing the above product:

http://hobartwelders.com/mboard/atta...achmentid=5113
 
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Old 11-03-04, 05:11 AM
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EvanSut7,

No, not really.
If you cover the rust with a clear coat it will likely change in appearance over time, plus if you will be burning incense, the heat could cause whatever finish you apply to catch fire!

Doing nothing to it would make it truly natural.
 
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Old 11-04-04, 03:23 PM
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The rusting should almost stop if you bring it into a nice temperature controlled home.

If you make a shiney spot cutting or working the metal you could try using a salt water solution on it to make it rust more quickly. Once it has rusted enough thoroughly rinse off the salt with distilled water or solvent.

You can put some really interesting "rust" finishes and patinas on metal by using different salts.
 
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If you are not worried about making the surface "shiny" you could season it like a cast iron skillet.
 
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Old 11-10-04, 08:00 PM
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Thanks for the replys guys.

About seasoning it like a cast iron skillet, im guessing I shouldnt do this to already rusted metal right?

The burner is going to be a funky looking house type of deal with a chimney where the smoke from the incense will come out. I just want to give it a cool finish so im open to other suggestions. Thanks!
 
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Originally Posted by EvanSut7
About seasoning it like a cast iron skillet, im guessing I shouldnt do this to already rusted metal right?

The burner is going to be a funky looking house type of deal with a chimney where the smoke from the incense will come out. I just want to give it a cool finish so im open to other suggestions. Thanks!
Either I do not understand your concern about seasoning, like cast iron, or you don't understand what the process is. All it does is prevent further rusting. I have blackened fish and other food on seasoned cast iron at temperatures up to 1500 F, so I would not worry about the heat from incense.

I have bought many a rusty cast iron skillet or griddle, used an acetylene torch to burn off most of the rust, and then seasoned them to cook in/on.

This was not intended as a BS reply to your post.
 
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Old 11-29-04, 01:44 AM
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maybe this is what you want to use

you are not alone in liking the look of a slight rust color on steel. there just so happens to be a type of steel called cor-ten. it rusts to a certain point but then stops. alot of artists make metal sculptures with it.


post ya later.

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