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Old 12-19-2010, 11:04 AM
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Bare Metal

So I was wondering, with all the different styles and techniques, which color or method do you think best depicts bare metal in extreme use? I work in a shop and my lift arms are constantly exposed to repeated use. As a result the paint is extremely worn in these areas and rust never has a chance to start. The metal has over time been weathered to the point where most of it is a darker metallic color. Only a very small amount of "steel" color can actually be seen. Even when I attempt to "clean" the areas with a vast array of cleaners it only slightly lightens. So, back to my question... Which color/method do you prefer to use, and why.

-I have experimented with titanium metallizer and have had close to good results. Still trying to perfect it though.

P.S. Tomorrow at work I am gonna snap some photos of my lift so you can better get an idea what the heck I am talking about.

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Old 12-19-2010, 03:35 PM
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Try rubbing on graphite from a pencil and buffing it with a soft cloth. It gives a very dark metal finish and sheen depending on how much you buff it.

Or you could try the Humbrol Metalcote buffable paints. Alclad paints give very realistic metal finishes but I have never used them.

Tim

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Old 12-20-2010, 09:47 PM
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So, as promised.. here are some photos I snapped this morning of my lift. I use it excessively every day and it is constantly exposed to contact. The darker metal is pre-exposed, the more shiny metal is recently exposed. I took various angles so hopefully they tun out good.
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Old 12-21-2010, 01:49 AM
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excellent.

Most excellent reference for paint chipping and wear.
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