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The Easiest Way to Age Metal EVER!

November 8, 2016 by Scott - Saws on Skates

There’s just something about old, rusty metal. And no, I don’t mean the chance of getting tetanus! Old, rusty metal just looks cool. Maybe it’s because we know only the hands of time can give metal that weathered look. Or is it?

Have you ever wondered how to age metal? We can get that look at home and it doesn’t require much time at all. The best part is you probably already have all the supplies on hand to do it. Today I’ll show the easiest way to age metal… EVER!

Have you ever wondered how to age metal? We can get that look at home and it doesn’t require much time at all. The best part is you probably already have all the supplies on hand to do it. Hands down, this is the easiest way to age metal EVER!

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Some furniture projects just look better with aged metal. Take a look at the removable tray I made for the bar cart. This piece would look completely different with bright, shiny metal braces.

Have you ever wondered how to age metal? We can get that look at home and it doesn’t require much time at all. The best part is you probably already have all the supplies on hand to do it. Hands down, this is the easiest way to age metal EVER!

I have another project I’ll be sharing soon that needed some aged metal, so I thought it was the perfect time to show you how to age metal.

Have you ever wondered how to age metal? We can get that look at home and it doesn’t require much time at all. The best part is you probably already have all the supplies on hand to do it. Hands down, this is the easiest way to age metal EVER!

This is the easiest way to age metal… EVER! The process uses common household products. Do you have table salt, vinegar and peroxide? Then you’re ready to age some metal! Just like we used vinegar and steel wool to darken wood for this project and this project, we’ll use a similar process to age metal.

Have you ever wondered how to age metal? We can get that look at home and it doesn’t require much time at all. The best part is you probably already have all the supplies on hand to do it. Hands down, this is the easiest way to age metal EVER!

Check out the quick one minute video to see how it’s done!

Are you ready? This is the easiest way to age metal… EVER!

How to Age Metal

Supplies
Salt
White Vinegar
Peroxide
Containers for soaking
Rubber gloves or Tongs
Metal corner bracesor other metal to be aged

Step 1. Pour about 2 tablespoons of salt in a container.

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Step 2. Place metal objects to be aged in the container. I used some corner braces for this tutorial.

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Step 3. Pour enough vinegar to cover the metal objects.

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Step 4. Add a little more salt for good measure and let the metal soak. The solution will produce bubbles, so it’s best to do this process outside.

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I let the braces soak about 4-5 hours until the solution stopped bubbling.

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Step 5. Use gloves or tongs to remove the metal from the solution and place in another container.

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Step 6. Add some salt to the new container.

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Step 7. Pour enough peroxide to cover the metal objects. The solution will start oxidizing right away. I let the metal brackets soak about 30 minutes until the solution stopped bubbling.

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Step 8. Use gloves or tongs to remove the metal from the solution and place on a paper towel. Allow the metal to dry.

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That’s it! That’s all there is to aging metal! Thank you for stopping by to check out the easiest way to age metal… EVER! I’d love it if you would share this on Facebook, Pinterest or your favorite social media site.

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Have you ever wondered how to age metal? We can get that look at home and it doesn’t require much time at all. The best part is you probably already have all the supplies on hand to do it. Hands down, this is the easiest way to age metal EVER!


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9 thoughts on “The Easiest Way to Age Metal EVER!

  1. silvia says:

    I’m already testing it (translator google)

  2. Laurie Perron Mednick says:

    I’m soaking the metal in the vinegar and salt, but no bubbling is happening. It’s been 2 hours. What am I doing wrong?

    • Scott - Saws on Skates says:

      Hi Laurie – Is the metal starting to darken? What type of metal are you trying rust? Some metals, like aluminum, do not rust.

  3. Tony Wagner says:

    what can you seal the color with to prevent it from coming off on hands and clothing? Thanks.

    • Scott - Saws on Skates says:

      You could try spraying it with a clear coat – maybe matte finish, so it would still have an aged look.

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