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Forum topic by Lemwise posted 12-28-2016 08:24 PM 335 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Lemwise

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12-28-2016 08:24 PM

I’m asking this on behalf of my brother. He’s made a coffee table with a metal frame and he wants to keep the bare metal look but also protect it. What would be a good varnish that adheres well to bare metal?


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#1 posted 12-28-2016 08:27 PM

For brass use a brass lacquer. Mohawk makes some that comes it rattle cans. It may work on other metals too but I can’t be sure of that.

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#2 posted 12-28-2016 08:31 PM

Lacquer, shellac, oil based poly. Never tried any of the wb finishes on iron, steel, brass or copper, don’t know if they would rust/tarnish from the water – once dry they would be fine.

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#3 posted 12-28-2016 08:40 PM

Most lacquers don’t adhere to brass. Aluminum is probably just as finicky. That’s why I specifically mentioned brass lacquer. Some metals oxidize very quickly and the finish needs additives to cut through that layer and stick to the metal.

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#4 posted 12-29-2016 09:20 AM

My brother did some more research and it seems a 2K high gloss varnish is the best way to go.

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