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Raw Steel

Postby RGR » Thu Mar 03, 2016 2:05 am

Anyone do anything special for raw mild steel as far as wax or something other than a clear coat or powdercoat. I have a guy wanting a sign done in Raw steel, with some polishing with a grinder. He doesnt want any coatings on it and it will be hung inside. I was wondering if a floor paste or something could be applied and keep it from flash rusting over time. thanks.

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Re: Raw Steel

Postby Redneck » Thu Mar 03, 2016 8:31 am

You could put a matte clear powdercoat on would look bare, but still be protected.

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Re: Raw Steel

Postby islander261 » Thu Mar 03, 2016 10:16 am


There is an old coating that blacksmiths used to use, the name escapes me right now. Should be good for indoor / no sun pieces. It is a mixture of wax and a drying oil with a solvent. As I recall it is mostly Bee's wax, Linseed oil and Turpentine.


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Re: Raw Steel

Postby tnttracy » Thu Mar 03, 2016 11:26 am

i'd use stainless. hit with a grinder its looks very similar and doesn't need a coating

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Re: Raw Steel

Postby RGR » Thu Mar 03, 2016 1:40 pm

Good feedback guys. I was wanting to do the stainless route, but He wanted it to show some of the weld and imperfections in the mill scale. A rustic looking piece. I was going to grind a few of the areas where the text is going and such to bring out some added detail. I have cut some stainless , but I get a blackline on the edge of the stainless that I have learned how to deal with yet.

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Re: Raw Steel

Postby whiskeymike » Wed Apr 06, 2016 1:07 am

Fluid film works good. Comes in a spray can. Spray light coat, wipe down. It's basically a sheep lanolin by product. Car wax should work as well. I wax my welding table and it stays clean. All will need to be reapplied. I would best fluid film would last the longest.

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Re: Raw Steel

Postby little blue choo » Wed Apr 06, 2016 10:33 am

For this kind of sign I always hit it with a light coat of matte clear out of a rattle can.
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