How to do Brushed Steel look
Can you put a "Brushed Metal" look on Cold Rolled Steel tubing and then clear coat it? On a Motorcycle frame to be specific. And do you have any idea's on how I could put that finish on the frame.
hobbyist - Pownal, Vermont
The best way is to make sure your frame is COMPLETELY dry and free from damp.Put it under a cover and heat it until it is almost too hot to touch. Paint it with a 2 pack car lacquer immediately ! Don't worry the lacquer will not burn or melt, use very little thinner if any, heat the lacquer CAREFULLY too this will make it flow better.Eamon McAtarsney
metal fabrication - Armagh, N Ireland
Yes you can do a brushed finish on cold rolled steel and then coat it. "brushed" is a bit of a general term so I'm not exactly sure what look your going for. To brush steel just play around with different grits of Sandpaper [linked by editor to product info at Rockler] or rough scotchbrite pads. Rubbing in different directions will give you different looks. For example on my knives I start at 220 grit (silicon carbide paper) and rub the length of the blade one direction, then lift the paper off and start again always going the same direction. I go from 220-400-600 sometimes as far down as 1200. I'm assuming with your project it will be a bit different because you will have joints where the tubing meets that will be hard to reach. Some type of power tool like a drill with a sanding "flap wheel" may work better...or use a long thin sanding belt (like a 2x72") and wrap it around the tube and pull back and forth. Steel tubing is cheap enough that you can buy a chunk and play around with the different types of finishes before doing it on the bike frame.
As for coating it, I'm not sure what you should use. I coat many of my projects with clear casting urethane..but they aren't subjected to heat or abrasion like a bike frame would be. Just make sure whatever coating you go with is UV resistant or else it will turn a nasty yellow color with age. If cost isn't an option I would go with a stainless steel. Giving a brushed finish will make it corrode much quicker than a polished finish and if the bike will be ridden any coating you put on it will probably come off in spots.Jason Aube
- Flint, Michigan
I'm a new home owner and my kitchen has metal cabinets that have been painted over a number of times. I want to know that best way to strip the paint off the doors and give the metal a brushed look. Can anyone point me in the right direction? I've looked everywhere and can't seem to find anything on this subject.
stripping paint off metal Cabinets - Memphis, Tennessee
April 13, 2011
I removed the layers of paint from an old aluminum ceiling tile with a paint removal spray foam. You spray it on, let it sit for a while and then gently scrape the paint off with a plastic spackling knife, or whatever way works best for you. The paint becomes a gooey layer after the foam does it's work. May have to reapply for tougher areas. Can get it at any hardware store, where the paint removers are. Good luck!Cindy Gardner
- Charleston, South Carolina, USA