Antiqued Metal Painting Technique


Antiqued Metal Painting Technique


No need to wait for shiny metal to patina with age – it's easy to add the look of antiqued metal to any surface with Krylon.

Antique Metal Painting Technique


  • Krylon Indoor/Outdoor Paint - Black (#51613)
  • Krylon General Purpose Metallic - Gold (#1706)
  • Krylon General Purpose Metallic - Silver (#1406)
  • Krylon General Purpose Metallic - Copper (#2203)
  • Architectural Accent or Project of your choice
  • Newspaper
  • Disposable rubber gloves
  • Disposable plastic tub
  • Disposable cloth rag (a heavy sock works fine)

Surface Preparation:

  • When working with unfinished wood, prepare your surface by sanding smooth and wiping clean with a tack cloth. Apply a primer to seal the surface.
  • When working with bare metal, be sure surface is free of rust and oil. Apply a primer to seal the surface.
  • When working with plastic, glass or ceramic, lightly sand surface with fine grain sandpaper and wipe clean with a tack cloth. This will help the paint to adhere better to these smooth surfaces. Apply a primer to further improve adhesion.


  1. Place project on newspaper to protect work area.
  2. Spray two coats of Semi-Flat Black on entire project, letting dry between coats.
  3. Wearing rubber gloves, spray Metallic into disposable plastic tub to form a puddle.
  4. Dab rag into puddle of paint and apply to project in a rubbing motion to highlight raised surfaces of project, working a small area at a time. Keep repeating the technique until project is completely antiqued.
  5. To soften the look, mist project with Semi-Flat Black. Let dry thoroughly.
  6. For added protection of your finished project, spray several light coats of Krylon® Crystal Clear or Satin Finish as a final step. For projects that will be used outdoors or near a window, use Krylon® UV-Resistant Clear.

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This is the perfect technique I was looking for to use on my metal outdoor patio table and chairs, perfect!

This is a great piece of art.I would love to try this in my home.


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