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ANSWER: Hi Robert,
It’s called a “Ball-Vise” and you don’t need one with tons of accessories, unless you’re doing jewelry. I clamp a magnetic bar in mine to support my piece, but they’re not great for pieces over 14″ X 14″ or so. Comes in Real Handy Though…I’ve had Mine For 20+ Years & Use it Frequently.
To use any 2-part automotive clear, PPG DELTRON DC3000 included, you will need a decent-quality gravity-fed (cup on top), clear-coat gun equipped with a 1.3mm needle, fluid tip & nozzle. I have a really nice, yet affordable spray-gun for clear-coat on my site, HERE.
And, it’s Important to Know That You Can Use a 1.3mm Gun, (like the AirGunsa®/Iwata® Clear-Coat Gun Below), For Other Solvent-Based Paints, as Well! I’ve even shot 2-Part, Bare Metal Epoxy Primer through my Gun With Great Results!
I use this exact gun & I love it. I have another clear-coat gun by iwata that was over $600 and it’s not that much better. You may be able to find it or something similar for less, I don’t know off-hand.
Fair Warning: If you buy clear-coat & hardener locally, especially from a dealer that caters to the body-shop guys, they will tell you it won’t work on bare steel. Trust me, it will.
Question: I was wondering if you have a catalog of your art files and your patina products for coloring steel? I find this stuff very interesting. Thank you, Steve. S.
Answer from Bill: STEEL F/X® Patinas & Dyes are found only on this site. You will not find them at any retail outlets or Steel Yards.
Question: Applying Dyes.
Hello, If you were to use a paintbrush to apply dyes, would it leave streaks? Does it dry up in airbrushes and would need some sort of thinner? Thanks, Ryan
Answer by Bill:
Hi Bill. I love your site and I enjoy the videos you post. I was hoping you could help me with a question. I’m looking for a sage green patina for 22 gauge mild steel. I’ve attached a photo of a steel cactus which has the color I’m going for. It’s galvanized steel and the makers claim that the patina will not rust any further except around the spot welds. Is there any way that I can produce a patina that will give this color or will I have to rely on dyes, etc? Thanks for your help. Rick
The finish in the photo almost looks like a faux finish or painted surface. A Sage Green is tough with patinas, at least mine…as they do not contain any pigments.
I can help you get the type of finishes shown below on Steel: (Images Below)
Or, The Finish Below, Using BLAZE F/X™
If you’re trying to get an actual Copper Verdigris finish, it’s doable, but a little more complex. It involves sprinkling copper or bronze powder onto a a wet clear-coated surface. You let that dry overnight, sand lightly with a white or gray 3M® Scotch-Brite pad, #000 or #0000 steel wool or 400 or 600-grit wet-or-dri (3M) sandpaper, then applying COPPER VERDE™ or BLAZE F/X™, keeping wet for 2 to 3 applications and waiting 8-24 hrs.
The single stage patina: RED COPPER MULTI F/X™, won’t give you a true Verdigris finish by itself, although the colors are very unique and can include some green, although it’s mostly the early stages of flash-rust. It will look a little different on shiny steel as opposed to a matte, sand-blasted finish.
Please let me know if you have any other questions.