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Metal Effects - Rusted Iron Finish


Modern Masters Metal Effects Decorative System is perfect for creating a realistic, weathered metallic effect on practically any object or surface. The Metal Effects Reactive Metal Paints are formulated with real metal particles that will oxidise naturally over time and can be treated with Metal Effects Patinas to created an aged, tarnished finish instantly.

Step 1. Prepare The Surface

Ensure the surface of the item being painted is sound, clean and dry, with no loose or peeling paint. Some metal surfaces such as bare aluminium, galvanised iron or rough metals will need a 100% acrylic metal primer or an anti-corrosive primer applied before the application of the Metal Effect Primer.

A Stone Statue of a Buddha's Head

Step 2. Prime The Surface

Stir the Metal Effects Primer well before use and occasionally during application; do not thin. Apply at least two coats of Primer to the substrate. You can apply the primer by brush, by rollers appropriate for water-based primers, by spray gun or by quality airless spray equipment. If you are using a brush on smaller items, we recommend the Ox Hair Size and Lacquer brushes.

Recoat time for the Primer is approximately thirty minutes and the drying time is approximately twelve hours. We recommend leaving your items overnight after priming before applying the Metal Effects Reactive Paint, as the Primer must be completely dry before application.

Primers other than the Metal Effects Primer cannot be used. Metal Effects Primer has been formulated to handle the Aging Solutions in the Metal Effects line. When you use a regular primer/sealer under Metal Effects, you risk the finish being pushed off, the substrate reacting, or an undesirable finish colour.

Brushes as well as other tools and equipment can be cleaned with warm, soapy water.

Metal Effects Primer being applied to the statue with a brush.

Step 3. Apply Metal Effects Reactive Paint

The Metal Effects Reactive Iron Paint can be applied using a brush, a roller or a spray gun with a compressor. Recoat time for Metal Effects Reactive Paint is approximately thirty minutes with a total drying time of approximately one hour, though this can vary depending on temperature. Apply two coats, allowing each to dry fully before moving onto the next step.

Applying the Iron Paint with a brush to the primed statue.

Step 4. Apply Metal Effects Patina Solution

Metal Effects Patina Solution can be applied in a number of ways either by using a brush or a sea sponge; it can also be sprayed directly from the bottle using a spritzer cap.

Metal Effects Rust Activator must be applied to dry paint in order to react with the Metal Effects Iron Paint. Apply it where you wish the finish to be oxidised, then leave for five minutes before applying more of the Rust Activator. A rust finish will become visible quite quickly as the activated surface dries. Cold temperatures and/or humid conditions will prolong the oxidation and dry time. Allow 24 hours prior to applying Permacoat Xtreme.

The painted statue recieves a spray of patina solution to begin the aging process.

Step 5. Apply Metal Effects Permacoat Xtreme

After being treated with the Rust Activator the surface can be left unprotected and it will continue to oxidise further naturally with time. However, protection is recommended on interior surfaces where there may be contact, or on exterior surfaces to prevent runoff of the rust finish caused by rain onto surrounding areas.

Dilute a mix of Permacoat Xtreme 1:1 with water for the first coat, stirring the mix thoroughly before and occasionally during use. To apply this product brushes, rollers or spray guns can be used. When rolling, use a short nap roller and roll product on vertically, smoothing out excess with a brush while the Sealer is still wet. After the first coat is dry apply a second coat of Permacoat Xtreme at full strength.

Apply a protective coat of sealer to the surface after patination has occured to halt any further miscolouring.

With just a little effort you too can create fabulous finishes using this paint system.