I am from India and have just begun a small workshop to make and design wrought iron accessories. So far, I have only been painting enamel paints on the metal. So, now I need help from you regarding a particular finish. The finish is dark gray with a metallic luster.
I am attaching photos of the pieces that have the particular finish I am seeking. What I actually need is the recipe or method to achieve this finish. Since I live in India and will be unable to see you there, I am forced to seek your kind help in this manner. Your help would be a great favor. Thanks. A.P.
The photos of your parts were difficult to make. So, I’ll do the best I can. Many years ago the finish on the products you photographed would have been produced using a mixture of graphite and aluminum paste mixed in a drying oil. They were applied by brushing or by a skilled painter using a special spraying technique. Today, these novelty finishes can be achieved using dark gray metallic paints. I can’t tell you if you should use an enamel or a lacquer. The difference in drying times will have a definite effect on appearance of the final finish. My guess is that you would want a “wet” application allowing the metallic pigments to “float.” I suggest you go to a store selling automotive refinish materials, look at their color charts and find something close in color. Then run some trials using different spraying techniques to get the appearance you want.blog comments powered by Disqus