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Old 04-13-2005, 09:33 AM
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Bare metal with only a clear coat?

I am just about done stripping all the paint from one of my fenders. As I'm working it with 180 grit on my orbital, I'm starting to think this raw shiney brushed steel looks kinda nice.

Aside from the Delorean and some polished aluminum beauties of various makes, has anyone ever sported the brushed raw sheetmetal look? I mean, can you safely seal it so it wouldn't rust or change color? Never seen it done, just curious of anyone else has.

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this is actually a common effect when custom painting. sometimes you will see graphics and things like that done where they are just the metal underneath showing through the paint. most of these that i have seen and done usually have a grinder effect to which really helps the adhesion but you should be fine with 180. i might go ahead and shoot some adhesion promoter on it first before the clear. as i said this is a common effect for custom paintjobs and signs so if your car is going to see alot of heavy road use i cant say how well it is going to hold up against rock chips and such. the best thing you can probably do is skip the adhesion promoter and use alsa's clear 4 chrome. its a clear designed to stick to polished metals.
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I played with that on some test panels cuz I wanted to do a metel grinding mural on my hood.

But it seems to only work well on aluminum.
when done over steal, it tends to furst and lift with in a month

I'm sure there has to be some kind of clear metal treatment you lay down first, but I havn't found it.
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I've had good luck with just cleaning the metal good and using a good clear like 7500 Dupont.
I did some alum intakes with it as well and they have been thrashed good on drag cars,Motor changes,valve adj.,wrenchs slamed,you name it.So far they have held up well.
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I've also had good results with aluminum, but not much luck with naked steal.
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Guy up the road did some Harley fenders like this, he sanded them in a linear pattern and shot some transparent candy orange on the bare metal then followed up with a quality clear. Looked VERY impressive!
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The parts can be powdercoated in clear, like a lot of wheels. Paint does stick well to properly prepped powdercoated surfaces. Bike parts would be easy.
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Here is my favorite clear coated bare metal car. Circa 2000 @ St. Louis Gasser Gathering.


Here is a sweet detail he added to the car before I took this picture @ Thompson Raceway, 2003 Gasser Gathering.
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WOh! That thing is awesome, I want to do my bonnet in just metal but I don't have the $$$$ to get a new aluminium one made so if someone could recommend the best process. Just do my stuff and then take it to a powdercoater and get them to put a clear on it?
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