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No …i haven’t finished!… but I’m starting to think about the different finishes I could put on the steel frame. These images show where the welds have been cleaned, slight surface rusting that has occurred and also the mill scale that occurs on steel.

I was considering painting the frame, but the rust must be removed first. However painting can be messy and easily chipped or scratched.

I have decided that the piece will be shot blasted and then powder coated matt black. Shot blasting will totally remove all the rust by firing sand at it at a high velocity. The powder coat is then applied in a dry powder form and then the whole piece will be baked in an oven to cure. This creates an extremely hard and even surface ideal for outdoors.