Product Spotlight: Metal Effects Rust Finish

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.

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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!

A crackled rust finish created with Modern Masters Metal Effects | By Bella Tucker Decorative Finishes

A crackled rust finish created with Modern Masters Metal Effects | By Bella Tucker Decorative 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.

Oxidized finish on a fireplace mantel with Metal Effects products | By Broads with Brushes

Oxidized finish on a fireplace mantel with Metal Effects products | By Broads with Brushes

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!

Beautiful finish named Rustique created for a San Francisco Design Center showroom with Modern Masters Metal Effects | By Creative Walls

Beautiful finish named Rustique created for a San Francisco Design Center showroom with Modern Masters Metal Effects | By Creative Walls

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.

Painted using Modern Masters Metal Effects Reactive Iron Paint as a base | By Positive Space

Art Canvas using Modern Masters Metal Effects Reactive Iron Paint as a base and for color effect | By Positive Space

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!

 

53 thoughts on “Product Spotlight: Metal Effects Rust Finish

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  2. Painted an entire wall blue turquoise (Glidden True Turquiose). Large wall encompassing Entry, Dining, and Bar area.

    Now I want to make it look old and rustic (Pantina). Love your paint options.
    Should I paint some areas with your Metal paint and spray on patina activator or what would you suggest?

    Also have a wood table that is sealed that I would like to make look Patina. Suggestions?

    Thanks,
    Teresa Thomas

    • Hi, Teresa!

      Before using it on a wall surface, we would suggest creating a sample board or two with the same Glidden paint as your base with the Metal Effects. This would guide you as to your favorite techniques and application to use on the wall. For the table, we suggest the Primer first and then using the Metal Effects system on top. What patina were you thinking of for the table? :)

  3. i have a 1900’s victorian oak fireplace mantel. It is 6 feet high and I would like to make it look like the fireplace you have on Pinterest. Petina. Please advice what to buy. I wampnt it with turquoise. Thank you deedee

    • Hi, Deedee!

      Thanks for the question! You would be looking at our Metal Effects system and a mix between the Iron Reactive Reactive Paint and Rust Activator and either the Bronze or Copper Reactive Metallic Paint with the Blue or Green Aging Patina. We do suggest you work with the products to achieve the final look that you’d like. Please take a look at our Metal Effects How-to videos for tips as well:
      Patina: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tyDH2hhixF0
      Rust Finish: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jFnC0q8Rx5Q Please let us know if we can help further!

      • i’ve been attempting to get a mix of both the rust and copper on the same sheet of metal but the rust seems to take over each time. is there a particular order i need to apply the paint and activator? i.e. i complete the iron/rust portion than come back with the copper/blue green once it’s dry? i’ve been working on 2 sample boards but just can’t seem to get the blue/green patina to form.

    • Hi, Connie!

      If it is new drywall, we would definitely recommend a primer/sealer first over the drywall then our whole system. If it was previously painted, we would still start with our Metal Effects Primer. Please let us know if we can help further!

    • Hi, Michelle!

      We spoke with Bella Tucker Decorative Finishes and they mentioned that they used a clear crackle medium before the Reactive Paint and Rust Activator. We hope this helps!

    • Hello, Aaron!

      We have indeed had creative customers use the Rust Patina Finish on a car – please see our Cafe Blog post on one of the projects: http://modernmasterscafe.com/2014/10/31/the-rat-look-on-a-beetle-with-modern-masters/

      We would suggest thoroughly protecting any area that you would not want the Metal Effects patina on as well as not skipping the Metal Effects Primer step when using our Metal Effects system. [It is only meant as a primer for the Metal Effects – you may need to use another primer to prep your surface prior to using it.] Please let us know if you have further questions – and send pics! :)

  4. I would like to paint my old pickup a rusty patina but I’m concerned that the water base won’t last. Will modern masters make a product like the UK Rustique? I don’t want to pay the exorbitant shipping costs (twice the product cost) for their product. Any ideas to make your product work?

    Thanks!

    • Hello, James! We would recommend first using an acrylic primer that goes over a solvent-based primer specifically for automobiles or an automobile primer that is acrylic. Then, you would use the Metal Effects Primer over this followed by the Reactive Paint and Aging Solutions. If using the Rust finish, we would recommend the Permacoat Xtreme as the sealer and topcoat. This being said, Metal Effects is a decorative finish and we would recommend it for a show car or a show piece, not a car that will be driven daily. We hope this helps and please let us know if we can answer further questions!

  5. I want to do it in my car, however I do not know if this rust reaches the bodywork or just a surface layer that does not come into the bodywork. to not damage the bodywork of my car.

    • Hello, Bryan! We would recommend first using an acrylic primer that goes over a solvent-based primer specifically for automobiles or an automobile primer that is acrylic. Then, you would use the Metal Effects Primer over this followed by the Reactive Paint and Aging Solutions. [The Metal Effects Primer is a unique water base, acrylic primer designed to block Patina Aging Solutions & Rust Activator from reaching the surface.] If using the Rust finish, we would recommend the Permacoat Xtreme as the sealer and topcoat. This being said, Metal Effects is a decorative finish and we would recommend it for a show car or a show piece, not a car that will be driven daily. We hope this helps and please let us know if we can answer further questions!

  6. I have a tin roofing and am wanting to make it look rusted. I don’t want the whole sheet to be rusted, just sections of it to look weathered. Would I be able to use this product and if so what would I need?
    Thanks

  7. hi…I’m so frustrated. I have a mantle and want to do the same as your mantle on Pinterest. I have it all primed with your primer. I’m confused at how you got that look. Did you mix all the metal paints in a bowl and then apply it with a brush? Or did you apply them all separately on the mantle ? Please help!! Thanks

  8. I have a plaster skull, I want to paint it with the iron paint and use the patina to rust it. I’m just not sure where I can purchase the iron paint or patina (rust activator) Can this be purchased at Lowe’s? My local craft store does not sell either product.

    • Hello! The plastic would need to be primed with a good plastic grip primer as our Metal Effects will not otherwise stick like the paint normally used for the models. Please let us know if we can help further!

  9. Hi! I moved into a home that has a rust wall and I would like to change the paint in the home. How do I cover this rust wall? The rust comes off when touched. Not sure if I wash it off or prime directly over it. Thanks!

    • Hi, Jenn! The Iron Paint is in production will be available again within the next few weeks, if not sooner. Thank you for checking in with us and please feel free to reach out again as we’re here to help! :)

  10. Can the rust activator be used on the copper and/or bronze reactive paints without the iron reactive paint? If so, what does the final product look like?

    • Hi, Jenn! The Rust Activator is only for use over the Iron Reactive Paint. Used over the Copper and Bronze it will either not patinate or provide a slight reaction that may not be duplicated. We hope this helps!

  11. How would you recommend protecting finished pieces (including wood, metal, and stone) that are to be placed outdoors with full exposure to the elements?

  12. If you want to paint a picture with other acrylic paint with the patina as a base do you activate the patina before or after you paint your picture ? will the it change if you use rust as the base?

    • Hi, Hannah! The Green and Blue Patinas should be activated first since the paint needs to be wet for a proper oxidation to occur. Since Rust is activated after it dries, it’s a little easier to activate any peak-a-boo areas in a layered painting. Make sure to mask off areas that you don’t want activated or wipe it off immediately as the activator will stain other acrylic finishes. Please let us know if we can help further!

    • Hi, Marsha! Because it is not a strong acidic solution, adding water can cause the activator not to work. We would suggest following the steps for the project and hopefully, it will patinate for you. If not, you can order the activator separately via our online site: shop.modernmasters.com We hope this helps!

    • Hi, Marsha! Yes, absolutely. Please note the sealer may darken the finish. We would recommend testing both on a separate sample board/square to ensure that is the look you are going for. If the piece will not be handled frequently and you prefer the look without the sealer, it can be left on its own. Thanks, Marsha!

  13. I used the Semi OpaqueCopper Metallic Paint and then sprayed on Green Patina Aging Solution on the second coat while it was wet. But almost nothing happened. It turned a tiny bit darker. I was outside and one of the projects was in the sun, the other in the shade. I’m wondering what to do next.

    • Hi, Mary Ann! We believe you may be using the wrong metallic paint, the Copper Metallic Paint from our regular Metallic Paint Collection, which will not patinate. It is important to use the Copper Reactive Metallic Paint, which is a part of the Metal Effects line and contains the metal particles needed for oxidation when used with the Green Patina Aging Solution. Here’s more information on the reactive metallics: http://www.modernmasters.com/products.asp?mode=group&gid=68 Once you have the Copper Reactive Metallic Paint in hand, you should have the patina you desire. Please keep us posted, Mary Ann!

  14. Hello,
    I would like to apply this rusted look to the exterior garage door. I live in AZ and the garage door is exposed to some direct sun during certain times of the day. Currently the garage door is painted with a caramel colored latex exterior paint. Please could you outline the products and steps I should take to do the job.
    Thanks
    Del

    • Hello, Del! Using the Rust Patina on garage doors is popular in Arizona and can be done! We would recommend the entire system, starting with the Metal Effects Primer, followed by the coats of Iron Reactive Paint, then the Rust Activator and finally, the Permacoat Xtreme. We would recommend following the individual product instructions on the cans for maximum success as well as making a sample with the entire system from the ground up to familiarize yourself with Metal Effects and ensure the final results. Here is a video from our YouTube channel outlining the steps: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3HbQQnIsIXs We would recommend buying the Metal Effects in individual sizes rather than the kits so that you have all the material amounts you need. Please let us know if we can help further!

  15. Fantastic products for amazing finishes! I have a stainless steel range hood that I would like to patinate. Which products would I need and how would I prepare the metal surface to best assure the products will adhere? You’ve given me hope that I won’t have to replace the hood! I cannot stand the “industrial stainless steel” fad that seems to have swept the world!!! Thanks so much!

    • Hi, Carol! Metal Effects works on a variety of surfaces. For stainless steel, we do recommend priming with an acrylic primer, such as Rust-oleum S70 or ROC100, for proper adhesion. Then apply two coats of Metal Effects Primer and continue with your chosen Metal Effects patina finish, per instructions. :)

  16. As a P.S. to the previous question regarding the stainless range hood, I would like to finish it exactly like the fireplace mantle shown in the Oxidized Finish with metal effects products. Which products should I purchase? Thanks so much!

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