|Finishing, Attachment & Applications
- Degrease product - Our metal products are coated with an oil-based lubricant as part of our manufacturing process. This oil-based lubricant must be removed before any finishing or paint is applied to the decorative item. Wipe items down using a clean cloth and turpentine, denatured alcohol, strong detergent solution, or a lacquer thinner.
- Metal Primer - After degreasing the item we strongly recommend that you then apply an oil-based metal primer or other type of rust and corrosion-inhibiting coating to the item. (Follow your paint supplier's directions for preparing, priming and top-coating the material chosen).
- Once cleaned and protected from the elements, items take oil-based paint and powder coating beautifully. Your imagination is the only limit to the range of color you can apply by:
- Paint (RustOleum Surface Preperation Guide)
- Baked Enamel
- Gold/Silver Plating
- Air Brush
- Natural Color - use a clear laquer or oil-based polyurethane varnish
- Rust - soak items undisturbed in a glass container with equal parts bleach and white vinegar for 24 hours. (Caution! Do not breath the fumes and keep away from children & pets). Let items air dry until the desired level of rust is achieved.
Local companies that can provide quality finishing, painting and plating services:
175 Public Street
Providence, RI 02903
99 Massasoit Ave.
East Providence, RI 02914
2 Industrial Lane
Johnston, RI 02919
|Anton Enterprises, Inc.
430 Wellington Ave.
Cranston, RI 02910
234 Hartford Ave.
Providence, RI 02909
Methods of Attachment:
- VHB (Very High Bond) or Double Stick Tapes (3M Adhesive Tape)
- Glue Adhesives Info: "E6000" or "Liquid Nails" or "Gorilla Glue"
- "Super Glue" Glue Guide - A quick reference tool to help you select the right glue for the right substrate.
- Epoxy - requires absolute clean surface - roughen with sand grit.
- Drill & Tack
- Nails, Brads or Rivets
- Welding thin gauge steel items (0.020" to 0.032" thickness) "how to"
- Spot Welding:
- Adjust pressure on your foot pedal so you do not crush pieces being welded
- Adjust the power. Our spot welders have power settings from 1 to 6, and we only use #1 or #2 setting for thin metal
- Adjust weld time. Our weld-time knob reads 0-60 cycles. We run at settings of 5 and 15.
- Contact shape of electrode - we suggest shaping your round electrodes into tapered points of 1/8" (3.175mm) diam.
- Mig Welding:
- Use smallest weld wire your MIG machine will take. Wire in 0.023" available in spools of 2 or 5 lbs. Use appropriate 0.023" tip.
- Set burnback time - better MIG machines have variable settings. Experiment on scrap to get best results.
- Tack weld first - use wet rag to cool - use quick additional tacks to complete weld.
- For low visibility, plug weld through a hole in the back metal, first position the unit with a tack weld on the exterior.
- To add stems to leaves, MIG tack or spot weld small pieces of steel welding rod to units, grind and shape ends as needed, weld bevels to base materials.
- Soldering - Silver solders w/flux - "Tin" the units first.
- Oxy/Acetylene Braze bronze w/flux 1/16" rod using an alloy with good "wet down ability" - use #0 or #00 tip.
- Oxy/Acetylene with bare steel wire - small tip, neutral flame.
- ANYWHERE you need a decorative accent to enhance your product!
- Architectural Accents
- Retail and Commercial Interiors
- Interior Framing
- Restaurant and Bar Decor
- Lighting: Chandeliers, Ceiling Fixtures, Wall Sconces, Floor and Table Lamps, Lanterns
- Furniture: Tables, Chairs, Baker's Racks, Pot Racks, Armoires, Wine Racks, Shelving, Cabinets, Panel and Drawer Fronts
- Ornamental Ironwork: Fences, Gates, Railings, Fountains and Metal Sculptures
- Point of Purchase Display Fixtures (Permanent & Temporary)
- Fireplace Screens & Accessories
- Office & Reception Area Decor
- Decorative Home & Garden Accessories
- Arts, Crafts and D.I.Y. Projects and Kits
- Kick Plates and Stair Risers
- Picture Frames
- Costume Jewelery