Although there are manufacturers of coating products that advocate periodically coating Corten, the leading experts on weathering steel,, do not advocate coating the material, “Weathering steel, best-known under the trademark COR-TEN® steel, is a group of steel alloys which were developed to obviate the need for painting, and form a stable rust-like appearance if exposed to the weather for several years. Weathering steel has increased resistance to atmospheric corrosion when compared to other steels. COR-TEN® resists the corrosive effects of rain, snow, ice, fog, and other meteorological conditions by forming a coating of dark brown oxidation over the metal, which inhibits deeper penetration and negates the need for painting and costly rust-prevention maintenance over the years. In simple terms the steel is allowed to rust and that rust forms a protective coating that slows the rate of future corrosion.” does "not have a specific recommendation on clear coatings" and actually cautions against applying coatings to pre-weathered and minimally weathered steel.

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