Best clear coat for bare metal?

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  1. nwaPLASMA

    nwaPLASMA Well-Known Member

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    Curious if anyone is clear coating bare metal and what your using? I found Eastwood sells an aerosol for this purpose. I'd also like to look into tinted clear coats for bare metals. Anyone messed with those?
     
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    El Jefe Advanced User Staff Member

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    Great question, Its pretty dry in Nevada, so bare metal takes on a nice color here. We also have a good selection of powder coating business as well as plating options. Would be nice to find something that can be applied at home quickly and inexpensive.
     
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    Matt Well-Known Member

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    I just use clear coat automotive enamel for it, haven't tried tinted but I have tried the hammered style paint and that came out decent.
     
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    nwaPLASMA Well-Known Member

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    Tinted clear adds an amazing finish.
     
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    Matt Well-Known Member

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    Thats a nice color on the backplate. Just did a similar piece for a friend, I just went with a clear coat on it though.
     
  6. Mike Pennington

    Mike Pennington Well-Known Member

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    I have added a tiny bit of Chrome Allusion paint into some of my clears. Makes a dramatic change as you walk around and look from different angles. I use it over my heat colored work.
    Mike
     
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    nwaPLASMA Well-Known Member

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    Cool. Pics?
     
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    Mike Pennington Well-Known Member

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    I will try to get a pic up of my latest project today.
    Mike
     
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    Mike Pennington Well-Known Member

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    Here is the latest project I used chrome allusion on. I just mix a small amoumt, about a teaspoon , in a full gun. Hard to see the affect, but it really is cool with the sun on it.
    This clock is 34 inches in diameter and will be put on a cable spool end by my Daughter. They sell like hotcakes.
    Mike
     

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    nwaPLASMA Well-Known Member

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    Nice. Post a pic of it mounted. Looks good.
     
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    Mike Pennington Well-Known Member

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    Thanks,
    I will post a pic. Will be later this summer.
    Mike
     
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    Has anyone tried Mavcoat Steel Shield? I hear its a new unique "clear coat" that is weldable.
     
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    Mike Pennington Well-Known Member

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    I will look into it. Looks like something to try.
    Mike
     
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    I've had really good luck with Spar Urethane expecially for exterior.
     
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    http://permalac.com/ we used to use it a lot but have switched to SW opex and SW Polane. You can get Permalac in spray cans.
     
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