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David G.




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PostPosted: Tue 06 Jun, 2006 5:04 pm    Post subject: Mirrored Finish on Armour         Reply with quote

Please pardon me if this subject has been addressed previously.

I purchased a suit of 16th century Italian style round armour from Valentine Armouries a few months ago and would like to "dull" its mirrored finish to create a more authentic appearance.

I have experience with the salt/vinegar technique (which is very effective), but would like a less time intensive procedure. There is a lot of surface area to cover and I don't have the proper work environment to remove massive amounts of rust.

Can anyone recommend a product or technique? The armour is mild steel that has not been treated or coated with any protective products.

Thanks in advance for any assistance.

David G.
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PostPosted: Tue 06 Jun, 2006 5:12 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Don't quote me on this, but this is what *I* would do. No promises that it will give the results you want Happy

I would buy a box of grey Scotchbright pads and sand it "down" until you get the finish you want. Make sure you go in all kinds of random directions. You'll get a more "grey" satin finish than the mirror polish and a lot of imperfections, where any exist, will disappear due to blending.

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David G.




Location: Crofton, MD
Joined: 09 Apr 2006

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PostPosted: Tue 06 Jun, 2006 7:35 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Thanks for the advice!

Do you think steel wool would work (#000 or #0000)?

David G.
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