The Modern Masters Metal Effects Collection brings you the beautiful look of time worn patina finishes with a complete line of Primers, Reactive Paints, Activators and Top Coats – each specially formulated to ensure gorgeous and professional results! This week we’ll explore the Rust finish, which is formulated to give the warm, coppery-red appearance of the oxidized finish without all the fuss and deterioration that comes with the passage of time.
Before you start your project, you’ll need to protect your surface by using the Metal Effects Primer. It’s a unique water based, acrylic primer that is designed to block the Patina Aging Solutions & Rust Activator from reaching the metal, wood or alternate surface chosen as a substrate, whereas regular primers allow the Patina Aging Solutions & Activators to penetrate through to the substrate. It’s the best primer for these finishes!
The Reactive Paints are water based and contain real metal particles that will tarnish naturally over time when exposed to the elements as well as when combined with our Patina Solutions & Activators. Shown above is a beautiful crackle, finished with a combination of the Iron Reactive Paint (which contains real iron) and Rust Activator which speeds up the oxidation process creating a gorgeous, authentic Rusted Iron finish. The work is by Bella Tucker Decorative Finishes.
You can also combine the different Reactive Paints and Patina Solutions together in the same finish to create an even more stunning effect! When these water based acidic solutions are applied over the Reactive Metallic Paints, they react with the real metal particles creating a lovely green or blue Verdigris-like finish, while the Rust Activator can be applied to the Iron Paint, creating a real weathered rust finish. As you can see in the photo above by Broads with Brushes, the rust and verdigris-like finishes were combined to create a truly stunning fireplace mantel!
After creating the look you desire, protect your finish using Permacoat Xtreme, our all-in-one water base, non-yellowing, clear protective sealer and topcoat designed to work specifically over all of the Metal Effects finishes. This innovative clear coat chemically arrests the oxidizing process, minimizing any further corrosion and creates a durable, weather resistant barrier! The project above is by Julie Zouzounis of Creative Walls.
You can also use the Metal Effects Rust finish as a compliment to other mediums, such as acrylic paints. Pictured above is a beautiful work of art on canvas by Ali Kay, created with the Iron Reactive Paint as a base and activated later when more colors and elements were added. Beautiful! Be sure to check out the Modern Masters Photo Gallery for even more patina ideas!
If you’d like to try to create the Rust Finish, please click into our Rusted Iron Recipe Card for full-color step-by-step instructions as well as taking a look at the video below:
Whether you’re accenting home decor accessories or finishing a large accent wall, the Modern Masters Metal Effects line of products is perfect for designers, decorative painters and DIYers to bring a truly unique look and feel to your next project! As always, feel free to share your Modern Masters project with us on our Facebook Page and look for design, patina & finish inspirations on our Pinterest Boards!