5 Questions with Metal Effects

One of our most popular product lines is Metal Effects. The collection creates amazing blue and green verdigris and rust patinas – they’re so beautiful and so easy! Here at Modern Masters, we play around with the patinas weekly and also talk with creative customers around the world about the line. We wanted to share the Top 5 questions we receive and our best recommendations and suggestions!5 Questions with Metal Effects | Modern Masters Blog

Q1: DO I REALLY HAVE TO USE THE PRIMER?

Using the Metal Effects Primer | 5 Tips for Using Metal Effects | Modern Masters BlogWe recommend it. Metal Effects undergoes a true oxidation process and you want that process to stay on top of your surface – not penetrate it! The Metal Effects Primer is a unique water base, acrylic primer designed to block the Patina Aging Solutions & Rust Activator from reaching the metal or wood surface chosen as a substrate. Other primers are not recommended as they allow the Patina Aging Solutions & Activators to penetrate through to the substrate and may disrupt both the patina and the process.

Q2: AM I USING THE RIGHT METALLIC PAINT?

5 Amazing Tips for Using Metal Effects |Modern Masters BlogThe Copper Reactive Metallic Paint and the Bronze Reactive Metallic Paint from the Metal Effects line are unique, water base paints that contain real metal particles meant to oxidize. The copper and bronze colors from our original Metallic Paint Collection are not meant to patina and will not oxidize when paired with the Patina Aging Solutions & Activators. Make sure to stay within the Metal Effects line for the best results!

Q3: WHEN SHOULD I USE THE ACTIVATORS?

5 Tips for Using Modern Masters Metal EffectsTiming is everything – and that sage advice works for Metal Effects Solutions and Activators, too! When using the Blue and Green Patina Aging Solutions, ensure you spray while the second coat of the Copper Reactive Metallic Paint or Bronze Reactive Metallic Paint is wet. For the Rust Activator, the Iron Reactive Paint needs to have two dry solid coats for best results. Please note: the second coat must be dry for one hour before activation!

Q4: I'D LIKE THE GREEN TO BE A DIFFERENT GREEN. POSSIBLE? 

5 Tips for Working with Metal Effects | Cabinet Door Patina & StencilsYou cannot control the oxidized colors too much and this is part of the beauty! As it is a natural patina finish, temperature and humidity play a part in the color development of Metal Effects patinas – just like Mother Nature.

Q5: I'VE SEEN SOMEONE SATURATE THE METAL EFFECTS. CAN I DO THIS?

5 Metal Effects Tips | Modern Masters BlogMany do like a deeper patina and saturate the surface with the Patina Aging Solutions. Beautiful results can occur! Do not over saturate the finish so much that you wash off the wet Reactive Metallic Paint – they are meant to work together!

We hope our sharing the five most popular Q&As we have help you with your next Metal Effects project! If you have a question about Metal Effects that is not covered, you can leave it for us in the comments! Be sure to share your projects with us by tagging us on any social site or using the #ModernMasters hashtag. Stay inspired!

To purchase Metal Effects, head to our online shop or find your local retailer via zipcode. Please call ahead to assure of stock and if not in-house, it can be ordered in for you. Have an inspired day!

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13 thoughts on “5 Questions with Metal Effects

  1. I am painting four garden pots with an iron rust effect. The first pot that I added the activator, I did not add enough. After half an hour there were still grey patches, so I decided to add another layer of activator. I now seemed to have washed off quite a bit of the first layer, the pot is now really streaky. Help. How do I sole this?

    • Hi, Melissa! We have one of two theories. We are not sure if you used the Metal Effects Primer first, but if you did not and it was a ceramic pot, the ceramic might be sucking up the materials and not allowing it to oxidize properly. The Metal Effects Primer would help prime the surface and provide a good base for the Reactive Paint. If you did use the Metal Effects Primer, we believe there might not have been enough Iron Reactive Paint on the pieces as the activator might not have had enough paint to react to. For now, we would recommend painting full coats of the Permacoat Xtreme sealer on the pots, which will stop any oxidation and then starting over from the Metallic Primer on up. If you’d rather not use the Permacoat Xtreme, you could also sand down the project very thoroughly before starting with the Metal Effects Primer again. Thank you, Melissa – let us know if we can help further.

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  3. I have been working on a project using your copper along with the green and blue patina. I have it complete and to my liking and it has cure for 3 or 4 days. I am wanting to clear coat all 3 pieces with a heavy duty 2k/2 part spray max clear coat and can’t find any info on using this clear coat on any projects. Do you know if it will have any effects on the petina or change the look etc.? If not maybe you can point me in the right direction of someone who may have used a similar clear on a project so I can get an idea of outcome.
    Thanks!

  4. Hello! Love this line and want to do a ceiling with layers of the rust and blue patina. Could you give me direction on the best way to create a colorful layered effect? Thanks so much for your help!

    Best,
    Wendy

  5. I am wanting to paint my truck with theach iron reactive paint, with a high gloss polyurethane (oilbase) automotive clear coat over the top. Is this possible?

    • Hello, Mr. Leasure – Most will use our Permacoat Xtreme sealer on the rust first. Then, it’s usually followed with an acrylic automotive clear in a Matte finish. Automotive oil base clears can sometimes be a little to hot, chemically, and can wrinkle the system. We hope this helps.

  6. hi i didnt use your primer and put on coat of bronze on my wooden birdhouse.. i was wondering if i can go back and apply a coat of your primer and start over again with the bronze

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