Love the look of a colored antique finish on metal? Do you have raw brass components and are unsure of how to color them? In this tutorial I will show you that painting raw brass with a DIY colored antique finish is an easy technique to do. Once you learn this, you will be painting all your raw brass components.
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1. Clean raw brass cross using warm water and soap. Dry with towel.
2. Paint the back of the cross with the metallic silver paint. Set aside to dry. When dry, paint the front of the cross with the metallic silver paint. Set aside to dry.
3. Paint the front of the cross with a thin layer of teal paint, using a clean brush. Immediately use an old rag to lightly wipe the teal paint off the cross. This will give you and “antique” affect. If you remove too much paint, repaint the area and wipe again. Set aside to dry. Repeat this step for the back side of the cross.
4. When the entire piece is completely dry, spray the back of the cross with a coat of clear sealer. Allow to dry according to manufacture instructions. Seal the front of the cross and allow to dry.
That is it! You now have a silver colored cross with a teal antique finish. This technique can be applied to most raw metal components. The key component when coloring raw brass is to make sure the metal is clean and free from all machine oils. Raw brass contains oils used when making the stamping. This must be removed in order for any paint or chemical to adhere to the metal. The next important key is to seal your paint with a good clear sealer.
There are so many possibilities of color combinations for antiquing your metal. For fun instead of the traditional teal on silver or gold, try reversing it and doing teal first then antique with silver. What paint combinations would you use?