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May 13

Mountmaking Forum ›Paint for mounts


pg 12/7/09

Hello, What paint do you use to coat steel mounts with that have passed an oddy test? I am looking for a flat or eggshell black finish and have run out of time for oddy testing any more materials for the exhibit we are working on.  Our conservator has tested a few paints but wondered if you knew of any paints that have already passed an oddy test. A spray paint would work the best but that may be a bit wishfull. The objects we are mounting are for a traveling exhibit on Mammoth and Mastodon material (not fossilized) such as bone, tusk, and teeth. The cases will either have dessicant in them for the most part and a few cases have micro climate generators. The objects will be in the cases 6 monthes at a time.   We have the following paints that have passed a recent oddy test.... Spray paints Rust-oleum spray High performance Enamel Primer - light gray Krylon Interior Exterior spray - high gloss - medium gray Krylon acrylic crystal clear - spray Roller paint - oddy tested Benjamin Moore Aura waterborne interior, eggshell finish, color Twilight Zone (black) Dips B-72 and acetone - clear for Brass - Selenium patina, dipped and then washed off with water. Gives a bronze to blackish result to brass. and Artist Paint Liquitex acrylic artist paints - not oddy tested   Thanks Pam Gaible



Jen Jackson 12/8/09

Pam, I cant help you with the oddy-tested paint, but I have found this useful tool to apply paint with. It's great if you dont want to pull out the "big guns" and hook up the large paint gun or airbrush: http://www.cspoutdoors.com/spspgun.html -Jennifer

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