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topic 4315

Need advice on Finishing/Protecting steel


Hello, I need advise on how best to finish and protect steel table-tops I am making for a restaurant. Any process or product information is appreciated. I am looking for a way to make the metal look somewhat dark/aged (black oxide?) and then provide a protective coating which can resist rusting/cleaning and the everyday abuse of restaurant use. Appreciate any response as I need HELP!


Robert T. Parker
Juniper Designs - Norfolk, Virginia USA


The process you describe will work and could be done relatively locally.

Black oxide is normally oiled, so your painter would have to be moderately close by.

Consider a zinc phosphate and lacquer, possibly colored.

For long term durability, I would investigate powder coating with an antiquing finish. It is mind boggling what they can do with powder now.

James Watts
- Navarre, Florida

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