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Steel FX question

Postby stevewrobins » Fri Mar 25, 2016 6:18 pm

Good Afternoon guys,

I am using steel FX and then putting a clear on with really good results but was asked about selling pieces without the clear. Does anyone know how well the finish holds up with the clear to protect it?
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Re: Steel FX question

Postby little blue choo » Fri Mar 25, 2016 7:40 pm

Patinas and dyes must be clear coated because they rub off easily and your metal will tend to rust with time. I use a 90 minute fast cure, high gloss automotive clear. If I don't want the gloss I use a satin finish clear.

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Re: Steel FX question

Postby stevewrobins » Fri Mar 25, 2016 9:33 pm

Thanks Rick, they didnt like the high gloss and i was trying to keep it dull as possible
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Re: Steel FX question

Postby WyoGreen » Fri Mar 25, 2016 9:54 pm

Perhaps you could use a satin or flat clear to protect it?

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Re: Steel FX question

Postby little blue choo » Fri Mar 25, 2016 10:43 pm

Steve when I'm not wanting the gloss finish I just pick up some satin finish clear in a rattle can. Have used the Dupli Color satin clear several times with good success.

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Re: Steel FX question

Postby stevewrobins » Sat Mar 26, 2016 10:57 am

Thanks Guys, im going to pick up some satin or matte clear today and try it out
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Re: Steel FX question

Postby Countrylane » Mon Mar 28, 2016 9:57 pm

I have always used high gloss powder coat over the dyes from Steel FX. Would it also work to use a matte clear? Would the colors 'pop' like they do with high gloss?

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Re: Steel FX question

Postby little blue choo » Mon Mar 28, 2016 10:11 pm

The higher the gloss the more the colors pop. The flatter the shine the duller the colors will look. In my experience it has always been the more FLASH the more CASH! Just my opinion.

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Re: Steel FX question

Postby littlefatbuddy » Tue Mar 29, 2016 11:22 am

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I use flat, matte, and satin depending on the application. A lot of my finished products are distressed or rustic so a high gloss just doesn't go well with the overall design. I personally like the Rust Oleum brand of clear and they have all the different finishes.

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