View Full Version : Coloring Stainless
06-26-2008, 02:46 AM
Hey guys, I just picked up some stainless (t316) for a project and I was wondering if it could be "colored" with heat like mild steel. I've worked with stainless before, but I haven't tried anthing like this before. Is this possible, and if so, any suggestions would be much appreciated.
06-26-2008, 06:42 AM
The short answer yes, but as with any of the tempering coloring of metals, copper, steel, or any other. Be aware it is not considered a permanent coloring. as the temperature and sun UV exposure affects it even with a clear UV coating. Time will degrade it.
This becomes a problem when pieces are sold with out a written warning tag. Chemical patinas are a better bet. But then the problem becomes its stainless so a lot of things don't effect it and hold up to handling, or touching or rain etc.