Guest User
7/18/2005
We are using strongbarn roofing on a small out building in a remote location and would like to patina it somehow so that it is not so reflective. Any recommendations? thank you.
Todd Miller
Isaiah Industries, Inc.
7/19/2005
The best option would be to apply a quality primer and a topcoat of paint. A quality paint store should have a system the recommend. Anything you do to try to "patina" the finish will begin a process of corrosion which will shorten the life of the roofing. If I were you, I would not go there. If you do nothing, the clear acrylic on the panels will likely wear off over the next couple of years and you will naturally see a softening of the appearance. Dirt and dust will also build up on the roof, having the same effect.
Guest User
10/15/2005
Not a roofer but I have done a lot of faux patina and wash work. If you are looking for rustic, you could safely faux patina this using one or two desired interior paint flat wall paint colors that are mixed 50/50 with water. I did this with 2 tones of turquoise on a standard cheap galvanized steel panel range/farm gate and it's beautiful. Done over 15 years ago and no rust at this point, just the further patina of age over the washes I applied. Test the dilutions first to see if they are sheer enough, you may need to add more water to get a see through effect. Apply with rags just dabbing it over the surface randomly or you could even just wipe all in one direction. Again test this on a scrap before you do the roof. Obviously not going to be comfy doing it on a large roof you have to climb a ladder to reach. But if you really want a patina look you can have it using this method. Also you could try using some type of sprayer that you can adjust the flow to get different levels of wash application as you go along to make it look more realistically weathered.
Todd Miller
Isaiah Industries, Inc.
10/16/2005
Thanks for your input, Kathleen! It sounds like you are quite an artist!
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