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Mike Remick





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PostPosted: Fri 18 Jul, 2008 4:37 pm    Post subject: Antiquing Stainless Steel         Reply with quote

I have a frog that has some very bright and shiny rivets on it that I'd like to antique. I tried some mustard and some vinegar and there's no noticeable difference, so I'm guessing that they're stainless steel? Does anyone know how to go about staining stainless steel?
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Jonathan Eells





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PostPosted: Fri 18 Jul, 2008 7:47 pm    Post subject: Steel wool         Reply with quote

Give it a fabulously vigorous scrubbing with an honest to the Gods Brillo pad. It'll do a nice job of staining your stainless. And throw in some 1500 wet-dry paper for good measure. If you doubt, call your mom. She'll say "NEVER scrub stainless with steel wool!!!" And then you'll know you're on the right track.
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Thom R.




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PostPosted: Fri 18 Jul, 2008 10:15 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

try the old fashioned way - fire via a propane/butane torch or hot coals. i have found pulling the steel out with tongs while still hot and rubbing down with mineral oil helps to "set" the coloration a bit. if you don't like how it turns out - scrub down with scotchbrite pad and try try again
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