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Using steel plate on a bar table
November 13, 2008
I would like to use plate steel as a top on a bar table. I would like it to look glossy, grey and industrial. How do I need to finish it?Gabe Gelbart
architect - Los Angeles, Calif., USA
November 14, 2008
Hi. Probably a light sand blast (not all the way to white metal) will give the gray and industrial part, followed by a clear coat to give the glossiness.
If you can visit a paint shop, ask to see a phosphatized surface. This is also gray but less metallic looking. If you like the look you could have the metal phosphatized and clear coated, and it will be much more rust resistant than a clear coat directly on untreated steel.
Ted Mooney, P.E.
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