Hi. I'm a green horn, newbie. Cabinet maker by trade 30 years. Making lead came SG panels for cabinet doors. So far so good, I have 2 identical panels. I've been watching videos, reading blogs, and learning every minute. I have soldered my panels and pleased with my results (not perfect, but one can only watch so many YouTube videos, should have watched one more). So now I've got flux all over the place. (not really, but you know how it goes the first time.) Here's where YouTube and blogs give me some answers but not all.
My goal: Black cement/putty, black patina. I'm lost with regards to cleanliness, & time frames between steps, and don't want to rush, but don't know if I can proceed. So I did step 1 below, and await a response to move forward.
Step 1: I made a paste of baking soda and water. Applied with tooth brush, and then washed off with dishwash soap and warm water using scrub brush. Cleaned up ok. When held up to light, there are bits in the corners. Q: Because I haven't puttied yet, do I need to get the glass spotless and all my corners spotless? Or am I being meticulous for no reason, just to get dirty again?
Step 2: is Puttying. I'm using Studio Pro Black Cement (from Delphi) Q: Since I've washed panels with warm water, I've drained them & towel dried them, do I need to wait a day or two to allow any water in my came channel to evaporate? Or will moisture affect the putty, causing problems? A little bit of water/moisture ok? Putty contains linseed OIL...and we all know water and oil don't mix, so I lean towards evaporation...but no where does anyone say wait! Or...Don't wash with water, stupid step! Buy Flux remover cleaner & move on! (I need that kind of direction)
Step 2a: So I work the putty into the came using soft brush. Apply liberal coat of whiting to wet putty and work in with brush. The videos on You Tube stop right here. Do I vacuum excess whiting off? Wash it off? Will the whiting mostly be absorbed into the putty? Will this be the only chance I have to clean up the putty and have to get this perfect? Will this alter the color of the black cement much?
Step 4: Patina: Novacan Black Patina: The putty says to wait 24 hours to cure...so I'm not putting on Patina for 24 hrs. Should I wait longer for a better result? Spray on liberally, and apply with bristle brush. (You Tube). Let sit a couple minutes, Wash with cold water, dish soap, and soft brush. Should I patina before I putty? (I don't think so, but there are no videos patina'ing lead came that I've found.)
Step 5: Polish with wax.
Ideally, and hopefully someone can aid in my cause. I truly appreciate any help at this point.
Golf Addict (Matt)