Whenever I land a piece of rusty metal, I like to condition it with something.
For the most part, I keep a satin spray sealer on hand to do just that.
I like to seal or treat rusty metal:
* So it’s easier to clean.
* Enhances the patina by deepening both the painted surface and rust.
* Keeps YOU safer from contaminates.
But this round, I was fortunate to have Miss Mustard Seed’s hemp oil on hand to try out.
When I met up with bloggers not long ago for a little shopping, we stopped at an antiques place, Granny and Grumpa’s. Remember I mentioned I visited the rusty bin room?
Compared to now.
I barely recognize this junk! 🙂
The galvanized metal was pretty flat before. Now it has a nice highlighted sheen without it being shiny, with all the patina intact. It’s perfect!
I was too giddy to stop and take full blown befores and afters up above. Here’s a better example below…
The Snowman Hat (?) is untouched. What is this thing?!
Half way done with the hemp oil.
Wow. The snowman won’t believe his eyes! 🙂
It’s still wet here, but when it completely dried, it only dulled a little bit. It still has a lovely sheen to it.
How to treat rusty metal:
* Clean the piece well with soapy water and buff dry.
* If rust is flaky, scrape off flakes with a grill wire brush
* Seal the piece with either a (non sticky type) satin clear sealer or oil.
* If using oil, allow piece to sit for a bit, then buff well, so no oily residue is left behind. Buff the next day as well.
I also spray sealed the inside of the containers as well for added protection.
While I always have spray sealers on hand for fussy, high detailed objects, I like the oil better, because it has a more natural, non sticky feeling to it while it dries. Plus it dries quickly.
Toolbox charging station and info on prep work
Here’s another piece I spray sealed prior to using it. Things with lots of curves and corners work really well with a spray. It just feels so much nicer to the touch and is a snap to clean, while all the old patina remains.
I fully admit, some rusty pieces really need the help. Just knowing they’re clean, even though beat up makes a world of difference for me.
I need to test run the spray sealers before telling you which one I like… I remember one being more sticky than the other, so I’ll update this post after I’ve tried a few.
This isn’t the prettiest post, but I felt it was helpful to know that I indeed do condition rusty metal when I use it, just to be on the safe side.
Do you condition metal? What do you like using?
Disclosure: I was sent the Hemp Oil as a sample to try with no strings attached. But I honestly really loved it!
Update Nov 24th: I revisited the pieces a few days later. They looked wonderful, but I did find when I rubbed my hand on them, oil came off. I took a soft cloth and repolished them. No more oil residue, yet the colours and sheen of the objects had a nice deep tone, with a satin sheen. PERFECT. So… let them sit a bit then polish.
The spray sealer left things a little sticky on the inside, (ugh) so I totally need to test another brand. More soon!
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