I am pretty excited to share with you guys today’s progress. I got all of the handle pieces finished!
Next I have some touch up on the doors and the final install. I am sure I will have a full day of technical sweating.
I had to brush the pieces again on the wire wheel to brighten the finish. I then hung them from the ceiling and wiped them down thoroughly with acetone. This strips any oil from the surface.
I sprayed them with an acrylic resin lacquer by Sherwin Williams. The finish is rated for exterior use and specifically lists copper, aluminum, and bronze as compatible surfaces for use.
For clear coating these metals an acrylic coating is recommended. It may be water or solvent based but it has to be an acrylic, not a nitrocellulose type lacquer. Prepping the surface by wiping down with denatured alcohol or acetone is necessary. It is critical that you wear gloves so as not to contaminate the surface with body oil or sweat. Wearing chemical resistant gloves also protects YOU.
Here are a couple of parting shots showing the prep work and spraying.
Peace, Love, and Woodworking
-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com