Introduction: Faux Copper Patina Paint Finish

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I was building a bench power supply from an old ATX power supply, and wanted something unique. I went with a minimalist Steampunk theme.

Step 1: PREP

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Paint Selection
  • Copper colored hammered finish spray paint
    • I wanted the varied surface that hammered paint has
  • Light moss (green) colored spray paint
    • for the patina
Preparation
  1. Disassemble the power supply enclosure
  2. Remove any stickers and/or labels
  3. Lightly sand the enclosure
  4. Clean to remove dust

Step 2: COPPER BASE COLOR

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Follow the directions on the spray can for applying the paint.

I painted the inside only because I thought it would be visible through the air vent.

Step 3: PATINA

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I tried a couple of different ways of applying the light green paint. Spaying the paint directly onto a sponge worked best for me.
  1. Spray a fair amount of paint onto a sponge
  2. Lightly dab the sponge onto the project to reach the desired effect
  3. repeat until finished

Step 4: CONCLUSION

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Hmmm! I like it!

I like the way it turned out. Subtle Steampunk. 

If I were to do it over, I would use less green to let of the copper color show. I would include some kind of staining around the screws, model builders call it weathering.

Options

Use light blue instead of green for the patina effect.

Thank you for looking at this instructable.

Comments

gman1881 (author)2013-05-08

Love the idea of gining an atx supply some character

warspyder (author)gman18812013-05-08

Thank you for the comment.

jimmytvf (author)2013-05-08

wow! great and easy effect to do! great job my friend!

warspyder (author)jimmytvf2013-05-08

Thank you for the kind comments. Light blue paint can be used instead of the green.