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polishing & sealing cast iron

Discussion in 'General DIY' started by Restorer, 13 Nov 2009.

  1. Restorer

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    I am restoring two beautiful 19th century cast iron tables.
    I am de-rusting them with Rust Gel, then polishing up to a high shine.
    Can anyone recommend (a) suitable metal polish and (b) a non-toxic clear metal lacquer to seal them with afterwards?
    As I will be using them indoors every day, I don't want to use oil to prevent rusting, and most lacquers seem to be toxic.
    Thanks
     
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    What - are you polishing the iron up to a natural metal finish, or a glossy painted one? I would have thought that the free carbon particles found in cast iron would make a natural finish rather difficult......?
    In the good old days we used to use a laquer product called 'Ercolene' - I think, but I'm not sure how durable it is. John :)
     
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    yes, I am polishing up to bare metal - it looks gorgeous, but you need to lacquer it as it eventually rusts again
    Ercolene is no longer available I think, but I will keep checking
    as I am doing all this indoors I need to watch out for toxicity
    Many thanks
     
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    Its not a lacquer, but you could try renaissance wax.
     
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