I'm very new to metalworking and am just finishing my first big project, a city skyline silhouetted offset from a background, all comprising sheet met al steel.
To create contrast, I used an oxy-acetylene torch to heat patina my backgro und after cleaning it with an angle grinder. The patina came out really nic e, with brilliant blues and magentas.
The problem came after I threw a little Renaissance wax over the patina: al l the nice colors were lost and the foreground and background basically loo k the same. I saw one post online that said those colors cannot be clear-co ated because the optic properties are lost, but it recommended waxing.
Is there any good way to get those colors back? If I remove the wax, are th e original colors hiding beneath? Or will I have to repeat the heat? In eit her case, is there a good way to protect the metal without losing the color s?
Thanks for any help!!