I've got a project on that I need to set apart from others. I've got there steel boxes - 5-off them will be held in a fancy curved frame, made from oiled mahogany. (actual mahogany, not sapel) These are the steel templates for the ends to give an idea - The whole thing is to mount fancy electronics in. It's a functional but also artistic job. Now the "standard" way to finish these is just to powder coat them in black, but I'm looking for something more special. What I'm toying with is some sort of forced rat-rod style patina. But then I'd want to clear coat it over. I'd want it fixed, not "evolving" (ie not continuing to rust) I think that a bit of red on the steel will blend in the colours with the mahogany ends and make for a quality and interesting job. You can get patina via rust then electrolysis, but it's black / grey, and I'd like it a bit more red. So there's the background. So, two things - A) does anyone have any general idea B) clear coat over rust. Is that going to work in any way at all? I'm talking light rust, and not flaking, but clear coat is supposed to stick to base - I mean it's not a primer! So what would you do? Again it's a artsey job, and I'm after technique, rather than subjective "rat rods are stupid" comments! : ) Thank you.