How to condition metal
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Whenever I land a piece of rusty metal, I like to condition metal with something.
Why I like to condition metal:
- So it’s easier to clean.
- Enhances the patina by deepening both the painted surface and rust.
- Further protects the piece becoming more water resistant.
- Also protects you from contaminants.
For the most part, I keep a satin metal spray sealer on hand to do just that.
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?
After adding a little bit of hemp oil, here’s the after! Notice the slight lustre?
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 after pictures. However below is a better example…
Before hemp oil
The Snowman Hat (?) is untouched. What is this thing?! LOL
After adding hemp oil
Half way done with the hemp oil.
Buffed after hemp oil application
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 condition 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 hemp 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.
- Spray seal the inside of the containers as well for added protection and ease of cleaning.
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.
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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.
Do you condition metal? What do you like using?
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