With the cost of authentic antiques and vintage memorabilia only rising, artificial antiquing is continuing to rise in popularity. With the use of a special chemical solution, this process can turn even the newest shiny metals into something you would proudly display in a museum.
To learn how you can make use of an antiquing fluid, keep reading and we’ll tell you more.
What is an Antiquing Fluid?
Antiquing fluid is a patination treatment containing phosphoric acid that is able to dramatically change the appearance of a variety of metals. The change in colour and appearance will usually be of a darker hue but this can vary by the metal treated.
The types of antiquing fluid available include:
- Black Fluid – Suitable for copper based alloys and mild steel. Designed for immersion, this fluid only requires that you submerge your object in it for short duration where it should be then left to dry.
- Brown Fluid – For copper and brass as well as silver. The finished article will receive a light brown to dark brown colour but this can be increased by etching your ornament or metal.
- Nickel Black Fluid – Nickel fluid is used for any nickel based metal. This fluid again makes use of the immersion process but you might notice that your object looks blue on removal. This colour will change to black once it has dried.
- Lead Black – As the name suggests, this fluid is most suited to treating lead. It should be diluted with distilled water first and can also be used for treating glass.
It should be noted that none of these solutions are suitable for treating or antiquing stainless steel.
As mentioned, it is perfectly possible to apply a unique pattern to your metal ornaments by making use of etching and rubbing techniques. Steel wool is commonly used to good effect with skilled use making an attractive but authentic ageing patina.
The antiquing process comes with many benefits and can provide a corrosion resistant finish to any metal surface. It will also assist in protecting the item from everyday wear and tear such as knocks and scratches.
Best of all, the right antiquing solution will not compromise the quality of your base item or change its physical dimensions.
Find the Right Company
Whilst it is possible to DIY antique any object in your possession. You might like to make use of a specialist. An antiquing company will be best placed to offer advice on which solution might work best for your ornaments as well as apply and complete the process for you. These companies will also be able to offer you a free demonstration giving you the option to see the process first hand before committing to it.
If you are in possession of any coins, buttons, buckles or antiques that you want to improve the appearance of, chemical antiquing might be right for you. A comprehensive money back guarantee should also go some way to sweetening the deal if you’re not happy with the finished product.