Introduction: How to Rusty Metal Pieces Using Vinegar, Hydrogen Peroxide and Salt
I love patina and rusted, aged metal pieces and needed some for my future project so instead of collecting them over some period I decided to aged some new metal pieces and speed my process.I've tried lots of different ways for aging metal but this method gave the best results. If you only apply vinegar it will give a great aged look but I was looking for something more effectively.I have to mention that this instructions are not so technical and that I left metal pieces to soak in vinegar and hydrogen peroxide for a day but you can leave it from 30 min to a day, just depends on how you want your metal pieces to be rusty.Some pieces come out perfectly rusty and aged and some not it depends on what kind metal pieces you are using.I don't want each piece to be rusted or aged exactly the same so I'm fine with every result that comes.
You will need some metal pieces.
I pour plain white vinegar to cover all the pieces and let soak for a day, but you can leave it from 30 min to a day.
Let them dry. The vinegar helps to etch the metal so the hydrogen peroxide can work. You can see that vinegar already gave a great aged look.
After metal pieces were dry I then pour on several bottles of drug store hydrogen peroxide 3 percent. You can buy it in every drug store.
And sprinkle with regular table salt.
Leave it from 30 min to a day.Hydrogen peroxide is an oxidizer and salt, when left on metal, is corrosive and will cause rust.
Let them dry and see what you get.
Some pieces come out perfectly rusty and aged and some not it depends on what kind metal pieces you are using.
And this are before after picture!
1 year ago on Introduction
I also witnessed hydrogen peroxide taking the rust out of metal as long as you brush off with a wire brush and soap and water rinse and dry it off immediately after and oil it up real good it would look like new
6 years ago
And to think my shop tools can get this look without any effort on my part. ☺
Interesting method though.