|Dietrich Hoecht (Rabunsmith)
Post Number: 1
|Posted on Sunday, January 30, 2011 - 9:35 am: |
I have finished a bathroom mirror frame with a linseed oil/beeswax/turpentine/Japan dryer and rubbed it where accessible. Has anyone done comparative tests with, for example, an acrylic clear spray coat? How long will the old style finish last in a moist environment before rust sets in?
|Pat Roy (Big_rock_forge)|
Post Number: 69
|Posted on Tuesday, February 22, 2011 - 12:26 pm: |
The usual answer is "it depends". When I apply the finish you describe, I do so when the iron is quite warm; not so hot that it burst into flame or even smoke heavily. Just rubbing the mix on cold iron will not get it deep into the pores of the metal. Then I might rub on some paste wax and buff.
I haven't done any comparative tests, but indoors most finishes will last a long time. Your bathroom isn't in a constant state of fog I assume.
If rust forms, wire brush it off and re-apply some finish mix.
I have used some clear spray on some items with good results. Just be sure to wipe down first with solvent to remove finger prints and other oils before applying the finish.