Clear Coating Colorado Steel Rusted Patina

A question we frequently get is "how do we add a clear coat to the Rusted patina on the Colorado Steel products?" Because the Rusted patina is pre-rusted with an all-natural, accelerated rust treatment, it makes it harder to add a clear coat solution to it.

To accomplish this, the Rusted patina needs to be neutralized first. Here is how to neutralize Colorado Steel Rusted products (tiles, wainscoting, panels, J-track and more) to allow clear coating to be applied:

  1. Mix ½ cup baking soda to 1 gallon water in a sprayer. Many have used the garden sprayers to apply the neutralizing solution to Rusted products.
  2. Spray the Rusted product well, on both front and back, to neutralize the accelerant solution used to rust the panels. Let the solution sit for approximately 5-10 minutes.
  3. Rinse the panels down WELL and set to dry.
  4. Once the panels are dry, you can clearcoat the panels. If the panels are too rusty, this is the time to use a brush to scrub off some of the rust to expose some of the bare steel to add color.
  5. Give one or two coats of Rust-Oleum 2x Painters Touch Ultra Cover Matte Clear coat. This specific type is 2 coats in one, but some may choose to give an extra coat to their liking/ preference. There are other similar brands out there but be sure they adhere to metal. You can get these in a gallon type container to apply with a paint sprayer as well.


If you have additional questions on how to best utilize Dakota Tin products, our customer service team is ready to help - just shoot us a message.


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