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Universal Patinas and darkening clear coat

01 February 2010 - 10:15 PM

Hi all,

I am using Sculpt N. Universal Patinas, and time after time, I get the patina to look just how I want it to, and then I clear coat it.. EVERY time it darkens the patina and then I dont like it.[Kewl Pic] I have ground off more spray cans than I care to count. I have tried numerous different products and they all seem to be the same. Any suggestions on this, or should I just accept the fact that they will darken?



Copper/ Brass/ Bronze flakes - make coatings yourself?

21 January 2010 - 10:04 PM

Hi again,

So I was looking at many different types of metal coatings.. I love how the metal coatings produce a "true" patina on steel or whatever, but man are they expensive. They are generally well over $100... So upon research, I have found that you can buy just the flakes (in various coursness) for about $20 per container (sorry, I will look up the exact quantities again if anyone wants to really price it out). I am wondering if a person couldnt make up their own metal coating for cheaper? I have no idea what ingredients you would need short of the metal flakes, but surely it cant be that hard. Anyone have any thoughts on this?[Groovy]



"Chalky" Patina??

19 January 2010 - 08:59 PM

Hi all,

Does anyone else get the problem of a chalky appearance when putting a patina on steel? I had some old satin coat and ground off the coating until it was bare steel (outside and with a respirator, as it is a galvanized coating), patinaed the metal with Birchwood Casey (PC9 I think?) and I keep getting this chalky look after its dried. Even Permalac overtop dries chalky. I have had this problem repeatedly and I am starting to think its just the metal?



heat patina metal - lots of questions

14 January 2010 - 10:57 PM

Hi all,

I am new here, but wow, this site is fantastic! Not sure if I am posting in the right area, but here goes:

I am trying to find out more info on (heat patina) heat treating metal.. I have experimented a bit, but before I waste too much more material, I thought I should ask a few questions..

First off - What kind of metal works best? Cold rolled, hot rolled, SS, copper? What happens if you heat something galvanized like Satin Coat (besides damaging your health?)

Secondly - pretending you were working in room temperature on say 20g cold rolled steel.. APPROXIMATELY, how long would it take to get a nice blue on one small spot? I am just looking for a ballpark here..

Can you go too far with heat treating? For example, will it turn red hot and then nothing?

If you do go too far, can you cool it down and do it again, or is it "a one shot deal"?

Must it be polished or sandblasted first?

Do you have to use acetylene, or will a regular propane torch work?

I think thats all I can think of for now.. Any suggestions/literature/pointers would be immensely appreciated!

Thanks so much

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