I love rusty stuff. It just speaks to me. Each time we design and build something that is supposed to look old we pull out our make rust toolbox to make it so. Often we use mild acid to rust real steel. We occasionally use a wonderful iron paint that rusts on other projects. But once in a while we are fussy. We want a particular look. In the case of the project up at Cultus Lake we wanted to build from concrete (for durability) to get a particular, slightly askew feel. But we still wanted our rust. The rust paint wasn't durable enough for this application and so we resorted to good old paint and a little magic. The result was some cool gear benches that are quite unlike anything you've sat on before. This rust won't stain anybody's trousers.
Tomorrow the big magic doors of the shop will be thrown open and we'll bring in the forklift for some heavy lifting. Before the day is out they will be hoisted into place over the giant roller coaster posts and ready for some sitting on.