|Forum topic by Pendragon1998||posted 03-13-2015 07:40 PM||1629 views||0 times favorited||9 replies|
03-13-2015 07:40 PM
I have a handful of old cast iron file handles and a pad saw handle that look to have been originally japanned. I read about using Dupli-color engine enamel semi-gloss black to replicate japanning, and it looked good online at RexMill.com
So, I cleaned up my handles in an electrolyis tank and ordered some paint (couldn’t locate it locally). I had to wait a few days to paint, so I stuck the handles in a jar of acetone to keep them from flash-rusting. Last night, I had the paint and I got a little excited and painted two handles. One I had previously hit with some rusty metal primer as an experiment (it was cracked to begin with). The other I just sprayed the enamel on the raw part.
I gave them an initial light coat, followed by a very heavy coat (had a couple drips on one because I was trying to get paint inside the handle and sprayed too heavily). It was about 60 degrees last night and raining, so humidity was high.
Also, I got the old paint / japanning off the exterior, but I couldn’t sandblast them, so there were apparently some flakes I missed on the exterior and interior. I’ll wirewheel the others before I paint.
This morning, I took a look at them and I was disappointed to see a very matte finish. There was no gloss at all, and compared to actual japanning, well, it didn’t look right at all. Any idea what I’m doing wrong?