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seal over bare steel

I checked the past posts and didn't come up with an answer . >> I bought a new steering column in brushed raw steel . I want to keep it the natural brushed finish.I've purchased Dupli-Color clear acrylic enamel . Will this work ? (a friend tried this and had a rust problem under the seal coat . HE was told " the column should have been heated slightly first to evaporate the moisture ,then seal it " what do you guys think ?? thanks dave

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Heating had nothing to do with it. The rust was caused by the solvents in clear.

Any normal automotive clear is hit and miss as far as lasting.
Cleaned good and being on the inside of the car it might last six months or five years, its a crap shoot.

When it does start to peel or rust is when you will have a real mess trying to save the steering wheel.

They make clears for wheels you might look into but finding a good clear one
will be another problem.

Just not a good idea, in my book.

If you do do it your best bet will be a clear with the hyper resin because they are tightly wound and will give better adhesion but will be expensive.
Such as- PPG-3000, DuPont 4700.

Don't they make a clear powdercoat? if they do that would be the trick.

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oil from your hands will rust metal also, i have been told
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Just for info sake

Here is a guy that does that Does car powder coat..may be someone in your area..

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Thanks Sam,
This is from the site.



A: Of course, there are several clear powder coatings available from semi gloss to high gloss. The clear powder coating works great on polished parts eliminating the need to keep polishing your parts. And best of all, the clear powder coatings outlast liquid clear coatings.
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