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Old 04-20-2017, 04:10 PM
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Tips for painting a large saw blade?

Hi. My 1st Post. I'm a novice. I've painted a few Bob Ross'. With good results. Only 1 oil on a dry canvas and that was rough. I was amazed at how much more oil it used than a wet on wet. So I found Kevin Hill on YouTube & I'm going to try one of his. It's not completely wet on wet style, but it's a bit more detailed and I like that. I have a 50" saw blade that a few years ago I pressure washed & sanded down. Then put several layers of white primer on. So after a few years of sitting. I'm looking to tackle it soon. I'm just worried that the wet on wet style is going to be a sloppy mess. Since nothing is able to be "worked into" a canvas. Or when you slide the side of a knife with oils to make rocks & whatnot, that it has nothing to grab to? Am I barking up the wrong tree with this project? In part of Kevin's video he shows how you have to work the colors into the canvas. So I'm just looking for some insight please. Perhaps it's why the blade has sat for so long!
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Old 04-20-2017, 08:21 PM
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Re: Tips for painting a large saw blade?

Hi,

If you sanded down the blade to create tooth, and the Gesso was applied successfully, you should give it a try as if you were painting on a panel.

It is also possible to sand the Gesso lightly as preparation to receive paint, but please use a mask and do it outside.

Do you have any pictures of this?
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Old 04-20-2017, 08:33 PM
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Re: Tips for painting a large saw blade?

Experiment first - cheaply. Get a wood panel (or a few), gesso it, and practice there - use the same primer that you used on the blade.

What kind of primer was used on the saw blade?

At worst, you can paint on the blade in a different style than the Ross stuff, if you're not able to work into it as you'd like.
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Old 04-21-2017, 09:11 AM
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Re: Tips for painting a large saw blade?

Thank you for the replies. As I pulled it out to take some pics, It's 30", not 50. And It looks as though I also covered it in white, brushed on paint. Most likely latex. I'm not sure what type of primer I used. I was wondering about an alternate option. My wife works at Hobby lobby. Can I buy a roll of canvas and glue it somehow down to the blade & trim it? Then paint on it that way? Also as far as experimenting I figured I'd try some tests on the backside of the blade first.
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Old 04-21-2017, 09:53 AM
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Re: Tips for painting a large saw blade?

Why not get a real canvas, draw the geometrical shape of this blade on it and used as the boundaries to proceed to paint?

It would be the reverse of glueing the canvas on the blade.

There is a Winter scene by Dutch master Hendrick Avercamp painted in a round shape.
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Old 04-21-2017, 10:12 AM
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Re: Tips for painting a large saw blade?

I've seen those done before. I don't care for that look. I converted my downstairs living room into a "Lodge" look. Built a log table & chairs & such with the rustic look. I like the look of real painted blades.
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Old 04-21-2017, 11:20 AM
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Re: Tips for painting a large saw blade?

If you know a carpenter, see if he has a used up small saw blade or two. Clean these and give them a spray of gray metal primer. Usually you can paint right onto the metal primer and it will never have a rust problem. Practice on the small blade and save your big blade until you are more confident.
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Old 04-21-2017, 12:40 PM
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Re: Tips for painting a large saw blade?

You mentioned Kevin Hill and wanting to try something along the lines of what he does. He actually has a video where he paints a small winter scene on a birch panel - which of course is flat and you cannot work the paint into the canvas. I only know this because I too like Kevin Hill and his style and also, coincidentally just did this painting he does (I did it on canvas though).

This is his video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U9-hscUo7IE

Perhaps check that out and get some ideas from his technique? Figured if that is the style you are going after it may help you out.
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Old 04-21-2017, 01:50 PM
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Re: Tips for painting a large saw blade?

Thanks for the link. The FIRST picture in the intro to his video you posted, is the painting I'm going to do! Misty Forest Waterfall.
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Old 04-21-2017, 04:33 PM
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Re: Tips for painting a large saw blade?

Personally i would sand it down to bare metal clean it with rubbing alcohol and coat it immediately with metal etching primer. Dont touch it with your bare hand or you will have a rust spot there. Then a layer or 2 of gac and then gesso.

I wouldnt expect it to be archival though due to the fact of metal expanding with temperature changes. But who knows.
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