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How to Paint with Patina

How to Paint with Patina

Learn how to create an authentic rusty finish with waiting around for Mother Nature from All Things New Again!

I was pumping gas the other day when I looked down and noticed the most beautiful little bit of green patina around the gas tank on the ground.

I don’t usually notice these things. I also don’t usually use the words gas station and beautiful patina in the same sentence, but patina has been on my mind A LOT lately thanks to Dixie Belle Paint Company’s Patina Collection.

How to: Iron

My Mom first used Iron Patina Paint + Green Spray on this chair. She also used Prime Start + Iron Patina Paint + Green Spray to create rust on this metal hardware.

Patina is a natural process that occurs over time as metals are exposed to air and water. A chemical reaction with the metals creates both the rust on antique farm equipment and that pretty green color on the Statue of Liberty. (Did you know she is made of copper?)

How To: Bronze

First, I used Bronze Patina Paint + Blue Patina Spray on this table.

Dixie Belles Patina Collection allows you to create some really interesting metallic looks on non-metallic items such as furniture, glass and home decor items or speed up the process on metal items to create a vintage look.

All you have to do is paint, spray and wait for the chemical reaction magic to happen.

The Dixie Belle Paint Patina Collection includes three types of non-hazardous paint: iron, bronze or copper with actual metal particles finely ground into it. It also includes Patina Spray in two colors green or blue. You spray onto the wet paint to kick-start the chemical reaction. If you are adding patina to a metal object, you will additionally need a product called Prime Start. Prime Start acts as a buffer to protect the metal object from corroding after the spray is applied.

There are a lot of products on the market that help you create a faux patina effect. This is the real deal just speeding up the process that naturally occurs over time and creating actual rust or patina in a few hours. No rain needed! It usually takes between 2 to 6 hours to see results. But the patina effect could continue for another day or two on your project. So I usually wait to seal it until I’m sure the patina-ing is finished.

How To: Copper

Here are some close-up shots of the projects.

It was too shiny before. Now the hardware matches the vintage paint treatment on the hutch.

First, I used Copper Patina Paint + Blue Spray to transform this yard sale artwork& into a fashionable serving tray.

Happy Painting!

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