How to Create Patina on Any Surface

Are you in love with the look of Patina products but need help creating the finish? Dixie Belle Paint Company is here for you! You can use our Patina collection on a variety of different surfaces to create amazing, rusty results. Lets go over some background on Patina first and then well jump right in!

Patina is a thin layer that forms on the surface of metals like, copper, bronze and even stone. This reaction can be replicated with the Dixie Belle Paint Patina Collection on other surfaces such as wood, plastic, cardboard, ceramic, glass and even Styrofoam!

Our products create an authentic patina finish, not a faux finish. You may wipe it with a damp cloth or seal it with Gator Hide once you are happy with the results. To get started, you’ll need Prime Start or Dixie Belle Paint, Patina Paint in Iron, Bronze or Copper and Patina Spray in Blue or Green. Check out this video of Suzanne with Patina before reading on!


Okay first, very important question: Are you painting Patina on metal or on other surfaces?

On metal surfaces, you should always start with Prime Start. Prime Start is a product used to prepare and protect metal surfaces before applying patina.

On non-metal pieces, your first step will be a coat of Dixie Belle Paint! You do not have to use Prime Start on non-metal pieces because our formula prevents the patina layer from affecting the underlying surface. After you cover your piece with paint, allow it to dry completely.

Next question, are you ready for some magic?

Patina Paint is infused with metal pieces and reacts when the Patina Spray is applied! Layers of Iron, Bronze and Copper Patina Paint can be layered to create an intriguing array of hues.

To get a textured, eccentric look, be sure to dab on your Patina Paint and allow it to be a little messy! The peaks you create with a dabbing motion will fill with Patina Spray.

If you create perfect brush strokes with the Patina Paint, then the Patina Spray will fall into those lines and create a patterned design.

Apply one layer of Patina Paint and allow to dry. Apply a second layer of Patina Paint and apply the Patina Spray while it is still wet!

After the patina process takes place, the area may be a little dusty. You can simply wipe it off with a damp cloth. Easy peasy! You’ve just learned how to create a unique Patina piece that looks weathered, old and rusty. Have fun and be sure to share your projects with us on social media.


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  1. Sheila says:

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    1. Dixie Belle Paint Company says:

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  2. Cathy says:

    What do you suggest to seal a piece of furniture that has been chalk painted and patina painted? Can you just use wax or do you recommend something else? Love your products.

    1. Dixie Belle Paint Company says:

      Hi Cathy, we recommend using Gator Hide to finish your piece for a durable, water repellent finish. Thanks for the love! Happy painting! šŸ™‚

  3. Cat says:

    Hi. Iā€™m using Dixie Belle copper over a base of savannah mist and spraying or brushing it with green patina spray. It almost always just turns white. What am I doing wrong?

    1. Dixie Belle Paint Company says:

      Hello Cat,
      For us to better help you please send us pictures of the project to info@dixiebellepaint.com
      Thank you!

  4. Conni says:

    I’m doing an urn that will sit outdoors, year round, in Michigan. I plan to seal with Patina Guard. Will this finish hold up to ice and snow?

    1. Dixie Belle Paint Company says:

      Hi Conni,
      Yes, just be sure to seal with Gator Hide!

  5. Conni says:

    I want to use Patina over a painted metal surface. The bottle (blue patina spray) says it will turn black over galvanized metal. How do I know if my piece is galvanized metal?

    1. Dixie Belle Paint Company says:

      Hi Conni,

      Before using Patina Spray on any type of metal, be sure to use our Patina Guard, if not then the Patina Spray will eat through the metal.

      Happy painting!

  6. Nancy says:

    I am wanting to paint a concrete statue in patina where would I find instructions on what I need

    1. Dixie Belle Paint Company says:

      Hello Nancy,
      We have a ton of YouTube videos on Patina paint here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCH8O791JimPEH_TuNZUMVJw

  7. hope dunn says:

    My green patina spray has turned gray in the bottle…is it still effective to use

    1. Dixie Belle Paint Company says:

      Hi Hope! Have you given the bottle a good shake? Where has the bottle been stored? We’d recommend testing it on something.

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