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Hi, I use a simple beeswax / turpentine / linseed oil paste applied when hot and renaissance wax over the top when cool that seems to be the standard recommendation. But I am finding that a year later my work is all rusty, is this normal? Would you re- apply the same finish indefinitely every year or tell the client to do the same? Or was the initial coating applied incorrectly?  thanks


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I think that finish is fine for work that is kept indoors. However If it is going to be kept outdoors that finish will have to be reapplied more frequently. How frequently depends on your climate. If it needs to be kept outdoors with less maintenance you will need to switch to paint or powder coat. For the ultimate in low maintenance outdoor finish have it galvanized before painting.

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