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« on: June 18, 2009 09:31:41 PM »

The cane I am walking with is BORING stainless steel, so I bought some great orange and red paper to decoupage it with. But it needs to be pretty resistant to nicks and to light water exposure - I am walking a mile a day outside with this thing, and sometimes it rains.

Along with the paper I got some PaperSource brand PVA, which I guess is sort of like the famed mod podge, and some Liquitex gloss medium and varnish. Neither of them says they're waterproof. Should I use one of them to attach the paper to the cane, then finish off with some clear Rustoleum varnish? I am happy to pay a bit more for quality materials, as I'd like this to last a while.

If anyone has ever decorated a bicycle (with paint or decoupage), that would be an ideal level of durability! Although I don't need to get quite that strong. Originally I tried to decorate it by applying a pattern with resist and spraying the rest with gold Rustoleum, but unless you look at it up close it still sort of yells "soulless hospital appliance." Of course I will sand it a bit before starting the decoupage.
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« Reply #1 on: June 18, 2009 09:34:40 PM »

you can get clear coat pray in a  can like they use on cars. that would do it.
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« Reply #2 on: June 19, 2009 08:38:51 AM »

I use 2 products when needing outdoor protection from both the weather and UV rays to prevent fading...

RUSTOLEUM outdoor Varathane Diamond Finishes with UV protection and KRYLON outdoor UV protection spray. I prefer the RUSTOLEUM for items really exposed to the elements out in the yard. The KRYLON I use for items hanging under eaves, on covered porches, etc.

The Diamond Finish line from RUSTOLEUM is the non-yellowing water-based one that you want and it is available in both a spray and brush-on application. If you are looking to protect the cane from nicks and chipping I would go with the RUSTOLEUM product and use the brush-on finish. It was developed for furniture so it can really take a beating but it can be applied to many surfaces.

http://www.rustoleum.com/CBGProduct.asp?pid=73

And as you mentioned you will definitely want to sand the cane before you decoupage it.
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« Reply #3 on: June 19, 2009 09:17:09 AM »

I was  coming on to say  rustoleum brand  poly eurathan (sp)   but rainee beat me to it. 
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« Reply #4 on: June 21, 2009 08:37:19 PM »

Thanks, guys, I appreciate the advice!
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« Reply #5 on: June 22, 2009 07:31:33 AM »

Be sure to post a pic of your wonderful cane when it's done!    Grin
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« Reply #6 on: June 27, 2009 07:17:51 AM »

Really waiting for puctures!
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« Reply #7 on: July 26, 2009 04:35:00 PM »

Hey, I finally finished this project! See it here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=314630.0.

Thanks again for the advice!
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« Reply #8 on: July 27, 2009 12:40:06 PM »

WOW!! Your cane is awesome! You will be the envy of cane users everywhere.    Grin

I am so glad you did a test piece first. I can never tell people enough how important that can be. It was the right thing to do too because it sounds like you learned a lot about the paper and finish you were using while doing the test piece. 

So what's your next project?    Wink
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