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Postby Tony Tolliday » Sun Oct 22, 2006 11:02 pm

Hi can anybody tell how you you treat armour so it rusts (then i think you oil it?)Do i use water or a acid .
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Postby guthrie » Sun Oct 22, 2006 11:09 pm

If the mods could move this somewhere more appropriate please, so it gets mroe coverage.

I dont know about you, but most of us just leave stuff somewhere after its wet, somewhere nice and damp and warm.
If it has a rust proof coating, just sand it off, assuming it isnt toxic as a fine dust.

Even better, just oil it or coat it in beeswax or varnish made from pine rosin and linseed oil boiled together, and avoid having it rust at all.



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Postby saxon » Tue Oct 24, 2006 10:14 pm

Depends on the type of steel, natural oxidisation will form a rust on armour if left, even more so if you don't ever wipe it clean after handling. Depends how much of a 'rust' finish you want it to have :wink: I presume you mean similar to 'russeting' ?



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Postby Tony Tolliday » Fri Oct 27, 2006 1:55 pm

yes thats what i mean russeting. how do you do it,what do use too oxidze the steel and what then oil?. Thanks for any advice :)


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Postby Skevmeister » Fri Oct 27, 2006 2:12 pm

tony go to the armourarchive.org they will have you anser there with loads of different ways of doing it

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Postby gregory23b » Tue Dec 12, 2006 2:18 pm

Is there not some question re russeting, ie was it done?

anyhow the great Will Hut once told me of a way, you place bacon over a degreased helmet, cover it and let it sit for a few days, if you have enough bite then clean off and put linseed oil on it and if possible heat it to cure, if not bright sunlight.

A medieval recipe for protecting and imparting a slightly golden hue is to heat the armour in an oven and brush on linseed and rosin varnish so it bubbles slightly and the is left to cure.

If not interested in medieval use turtle wax.


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Postby John Waller » Wed Dec 13, 2006 9:53 am

The bacon thing was also used to brown the barrels of muskets.


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Postby gregory23b » Wed Dec 13, 2006 10:09 am

Makes sense, I don't recall Will actually telling me the era that this was supposed to be done, or any era in fact.


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Postby Martin Cowley » Wed Dec 13, 2006 1:15 pm

i got my harness a very nice shade of black/brown, by leaving it wet for a week, then sanding id down a bit to remove the larger bits of rust and made a mix of \turps and beeswax, it gives a great finish which also makes it water resistant for ages, made it look 500 years old to lol




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