Ivy Hollow - screen door, part 2

by brae  

Continuing work on the screen door.  I'm likely going to jump around a lot as I get going on the post office structure, furnishings, mail wagon and horse.

I had already ordered the Aluminum Black when Sheila said it worked well for her.  She was right about the fumes, so into the garage this went.  Bleh.

I did test it on a scrap first and the color seemed great.

I applied to the larger piece, and it was splotchy.  I added a couple of coats, and that caused some issues.  I even saw a puff of smoke or vapor at one point.  :\

In the end, it didn't work because the chemical was caustic enough to weaken the delicate screen.  I can see how this would work well for more substantial material, but this material was just too thin.  I cut a new screen insert and decided to just go with the original finish.  I considered pouring some of the chemical into a dish, dipping it and then removing it, but I worried the finish would be splotchy again.  Plus, it might still weaken the metal with only a quick dip.  One side is less shiny than the other, so I will put the duller side facing outward.

Of course, now I know how to make an old deteriorating screen.  :D

11 comments

Comment from: Jodi [Visitor]
Such a bummer that the chemical did not work as you'd hoped. I am sure you are doing more research to find another solution that will be perfect. If not, I know you'll make a new looking screen door work in harmony with the rest of the exterior!
05/17/19 @ 14:55
Comment from: ann [Visitor]  
What are you using for screen? I used tulle that comes on a spool, which worked nicely, because I didn't know what else to use. I am excited to see how you build your door. I fumbled around with mine, but it turned out okay. Yes, now you know how to age screen which could be very useful.
05/17/19 @ 20:40
Comment from: ann [Visitor]
PS I am enjoying your Instagram dailies.
05/17/19 @ 20:41
Comment from: Sheila Lester [Visitor]
Argh! I'm sorry it didn't work. At least the Aluminum Black is cheap. I have some vinyl screening (from a door the cats destroyed) I can send it to you if you like. It's black so it might work. It's the same stuff I used to cover the speakers in the Craftsman Tiny House (if that helps at all as a frame of reference).
05/17/19 @ 22:52
Comment from: azteclady [Visitor]
::snerk:: Let's hear it for old, deteriorating screens!
05/18/19 @ 01:40
Comment from: Keli [Visitor]
Will it end up in the garage?
05/18/19 @ 11:38
Comment from: Kristine [Visitor]
Too bad the colour really does look great. I hope you find something soon!
05/19/19 @ 02:01
Comment from: Debora L. [Visitor]
I love the experimenting, even if it didn’t give you the result you wanted. It really does make perfect deteriorated screen. I love what you’re doing with this build. :D
05/19/19 @ 23:41
Comment from: Kamelia [Visitor]
Maybe you will have some use of it in other project. At least you know how it works.
05/21/19 @ 17:53
Comment from: betsy rogers [Visitor]
Oooh how disappointing! I often wonder about the "chemical reactions" of some of the products we use so blithely in mini work... will they last? Will they eat away at the metal components? Will they dessicate over time? Ah well, now you know how to destroy mini screens! Even the natural process of rust is a path on the way to destruction! Perhaps you can find some black tulle in a fine enough mesh? On the other hand... your project is supposed to be in an Old Time... not old in its time if you know what I mean. How new was that Post Office door?
05/21/19 @ 23:03
Comment from: brae [Member]
Unfortunately, this particular screen could not even be handled, so it went in the trash. But, with less time in the solution, I think a happy medium for an old screen is achievable. This is a relatively new post office (in time), so the newer screen won't be terrible. I was just trying to tone down the shiny newness. :yes:

Sheila - I have a line on another material, but I will keep yours in mind for sure! Thank you!
05/21/19 @ 23:25


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