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Ingredients for metal finishes on steel


Where can I find the ingredients for various metal finishes that can be applied to cold rolled steel? I have cut some designs and want to plate them by dipping into a solution to give a copper or instant-rust appearance.


John Lee
- Tucson, Arizona


Hey John,

Did you ever figure out how to get the look you wanted on your steel? I am looking for the same thing and am having trouble finding information.


Dale Teague
- Cedar Creek, Texas

Color on Metal
from Abe Books


Heat, Color, Set & Fire
from Abe Books


October 2009

Hi, Dale. If clean steel is simply dipped into copper sulfate [linked by editor to product info at Amazon], it will acquire a copper surface.

This site is about metal finishing exclusively, folks, and we have 50 thousand pages about galvanizing, electroplating, painting, powder coating, patinizing, vacuum deposition . . . hundreds of different finishes. And please visit our "must-have books" page :-)

Good luck.


Ted Mooney, Teds signature
Ted Mooney, P.E.
Pine Beach, New Jersey


You can buy a chemical at arizona iron or phoenix metals (one or the other I forget which) that sprays on and produces a copper look, there are also powder coats that produce a transparent copper look try first place finishers in Phoenix

Scott Woosley
- phoenix Arizona

Ed. note -- Scott: We don't readily find anything like that from Arizona Iron or Phoenix Metals; can you be a bit more specific? Thanks.

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