How to Use the Patina Collection

 If you are a devoted do-it-yourself person then scrolling through furniture makeovers is most likely the highlight of your evening. Flipping furniture may be your weekend hobby, your passion or you last resort either way I have great news for you. 

So, lets get to it and talk patina! What is patina? Patina is a thin layer that forms on the surface of metals like, copper, bronze and even stone. This reaction can be replicated with Dixie Belle Paint Patina Collection on other surfaces such as wood, plastic, cardboard, ceramic, glass and even Styrofoam! This is an authentic patina finish, not a faux finish.


Are you wondering how to create patina the fastest way? Forget waiting around for mother nature! Patina is a natural process that occurs over long periods of time as metals are exposed to air and moisture. Patina is often found on old antique farm equipment and it can be found on the Statue of Liberty.

What do you need? Prime Start or Dixie Belle Paint, Iron, Bronze or Copper Patina Paint and Patina Spray in Blue or Green. Lets start with Prime Start. Prime Start is a product used to prepare and protect metal surfaces before applying patina.

On metal surfaces, you should always start with Prime Start. On any other surface, you can choose your favorite Dixie Belle Paint Color. You do not have to use Prime Start on non-metal pieces because this formula prevents the patina layer from affecting the underlying metal. After you cover your piece allow it to dry completely.

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! The Patina Spray comes in Blue and Green. After the patina process takes place the area may be a little dusty. You can simply wipe it off with a damp cloth! With a few simple steps, you can create a unique patina that makes it look weathered, old and rusty!

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  1. Tammara says:

    Hi there! Such a good write-up, thank you!

    1. Dixie Belle Paint Company says:

      Hi Tammara, thank you so much! Follow us on Pinterest for more painted inspiration 🙂

  2. says:

    Does paint have to be wet to spray the patina ?

    1. Dixie Belle Paint Company says:

      Hi Katie, yes your second coat of paint must be wet in order for the patina to be activated. Allow your first coat to dry completely and then paint your second coat and apply the patina spray while its still wet. Hope this helps. Happy painting! 🙂

  3. Vonn Peterson says:

    does any of the first layer of regular dixie paint show through the patina?

    1. Dixie Belle Paint Company says:

      Hi Vonn, the first layer of regular paint will be completely covered up by the first layer of patina, if you choose to paint your whole project. But if you do want some of the Dixie Belle Paint to show through, you can choose to paint only the specific spots you want the patina finish to be. You must still allow the first coat of patina to dry on those spots before painting the second coat and using the spray. Hope this helps! Happy painting! 🙂

  4. Anne says:

    Hi am excited to do patina finish! I ordered the Iron and Blue Patina. I just watched another YouTube post from a blogger and she said you have to use the Green Patina spray with the Iron. Can you please let me know if this is true. Sure hope not. I’m all set to go. Thanks!

    1. Dixie Belle Paint Company says:

      Hi Anne, we’re so excited for you to paint with our Patina Collection! Yes we do recommend using the Green Patina spray with Iron. The Blue spray won’t react as much on the Iron patina paint as the Green spray. It will just stay close to the Iron color with the Blue. We apologize for any confusion. Hopefully this helps! Happy painting! 🙂

  5. Lisa says:

    I’m looking at covering my stone fireplace with mortar to get a German schemer effect. But, I don’t want a pure white color. I’m wondering if I could use your products to add an aged patina look? Do you have any suggestions? Thanks

    1. Dixie Belle Paint Company says:

      Hi Lisa, we’re so excited for you to paint your fireplace! Yes you can definitely use the Patina Collection to get an aged look. Shop now: Happy painting! 🙂

  6. Bryce says:

    What do I seal the patina with? I’ve painted this dresser three times because I sealed it with the satin top coat and it turned white so then I sealed with gatorhide and that turned white so now I’m on layer three of patina an I’m scared to seal it!!!! Is the patina guard going to ruin it next?!

    1. Dixie Belle Paint Company says:

      Hi Bryce, Patina Guard will work well on the patina areas but we do not recommend to use it over the entire piece. For non-patina parts you can use any clear coat. Hope this helps!

  7. Jana says:

    I patinaed my cement planters. After patina guard, when will they be weather ready. Thanks! Jana

    1. Dixie Belle Paint Company says:

      Hey Jana,
      After everything is completely dry, don’t forget to finish off with Gator Hide so your creations don’t get ruined!
      Happy painting!

  8. barry says:

    Wish Dixie bell made kits or a good list?

    1. Dixie Belle Paint Company says:

      Hey Barry!
      We love this idea! You can get started with a gift bag. Each gift bag has a paint, clear coat or best dang wax, sanding sponge and chip brush! You can find that am your local retailer or on our website here:

  9. Shantea says:

    So I painted a piece with the iron and used the blue spray on a portion. Unfortunately I’m not loving it. I’m going to try green spray on another part today….So my question is this, if I absolutely dont love it can I just paint over it with the bronze patina or will that not work???

    1. Dixie Belle Paint Company says:

      Hello Shantea,

      Yes you can just paint over Patina!

      The texture will not be as smooth as regular painting. But it will still come out beautiful!

      Happy painting!

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