Dixie Belle Paint Patina 101

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So, let’s get to it and talk patina! What is patina? Patina is a thin layer that forms on the surface of metals like, copper, bronze and even stone. This reaction can be replicated with Dixie Belle Paint Patina Collection on other surfaces such as wood, plastic, cardboard, ceramic, glass and even Styrofoam! This is an authentic patina finish, not a faux finish.

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Are you wondering how to create patina the fastest way? Forget waiting around for mother nature!  Patina is a natural process that occurs over long periods of time as metals are exposed to air and moisture. Patina is often found on old antique farm equipment and it can be found on the Statue of Liberty.

What do you need? Prime Start or Dixie Belle Paint, Iron, Bronze or Copper Patina Paint and Patina Spray in Blue or Green. Let’s start with Prime Start. Prime Start is a product used to prepare and protect metal surfaces before applying patina.

On metal surfaces, you should always start with Prime Start. On any other surface, you can choose your favorite Dixie Belle Paint Color. You do not have to use Prime Start on non-metal pieces because this formula prevents the patina layer from affecting the underlying metal. After you cover your piece allow it to dry completely.

Patina Paint is infused with metal pieces and reacts when the Patina Spray is applied! Layers of Iron, Bronze and Copper Patina Paint can be layered to create an intriguing array of hues. To get a textured, eccentric look be sure to dab on your Patina Paint and allow it to be a little messy! The peaks you create with a dabbing motion will fill with Patina Spray. If you create perfect brush strokes with the Patina Paint then the Patina Spray will fall into those lines and create a patterned design.

Apply one layer of Patina Paint and allow to dry. Apply a second layer of Patina Paint and apply the Patina Spray while it is still wet! The Patina Spray comes in Blue and Green. After the patina process takes place the area may be a little dusty. You can simply wipe it off with a damp cloth! With a few simple steps, you can create a unique patina that makes it look weathered, old and rusty!