Degrease stampings - as part of the manufacturing process, stampings are coated with a lubricant. This lubricant must be removed before any finishing or paint is applied to the decorative item. Wipe items down using a clean cloth and turpentine, denatured alcohol, strong detergent solution, or a lacquer thinner.
After degreasing the item we strongly recommend that you apply a rust and corrosion-inhibiting coating to the item (unless rusting the stampings).
Once cleaned, finish by:
- Paint (RustOleum or other quality spray paint - follow your paint supplier's directions for preparing, priming and top-coating the material chosen).
- Torch Stampings - this changes the properties of the metal and brings out the blue, black, and purple colors of the metal. Once cooled, the stampings need to be top coated with a clear enamel to protect from rusting.
- Baked Enamel
- Gold/Silver Plating
- Air Brush
- Rust - soak items undisturbed in a glass container with equal parts bleach and white vinegar for 24 hours. (Caution! Do not breath the fumes and keep away from children & pets). Let items air dry until the desired level of rust is achieved.
- Natural Color - use clear enamel spray paint or clear powder coating.
For intricate painting, artist Sara Thamert, recommends the following:
Yes, your customers must use a primer and I found a Walmart product that works the best: The brand name is ColorPlace an interior/exterior Fast dry spray paint. Gray primer/ can code number-20010. The paint I use is either: Apple Barrel-Acrylic paint or Delta-Acrylic paint. Both products are great and sized containers are just right. 2 fl. oz. /8 fl. oz. Purchased at Michaels - Hobbies and Arts store.
After the stamping drys for a few days I spray a clear finish coat to seal the paint. Another Walmart product by Krylon. Acrylic Crystal Clear Gloss indoor/outdoor Protective, Non-Yellowing Clear Finish. That's it! Oh, make sure your customer is cleaning the stamping prior to primer application.