Patinas are chemical compounds that produce unusual and permanent color effects, natural shadings of aged appearance on metals similar to those shades caused due to natural weathering on antique metals. This helps metal fabricators to create beautiful antique finish effects on metals in a very short period of time.
Patina finishes can be used with both ferrous and non-ferrous metals. Colors produced from each of the six standard patinas are unique and vary over the area stained. The color may vary depending on the metal, application procedures, the thickness of each coat and experience of the applicator. Each of these can affect the color shading and the depth of the overall color. To some degree these variances and color shifts are desirable to create the antique look.
There are endless possibilities of color effects that could be achieved through combinations of paint applied on the metal and the patinas used. We encourage you to experiment the effects that could be obtained from applying different color paints along with these patinas.
Patinas, unlike paints, are not opaque and therefore will not hide faults like cracks and other blemishes. Even cracks look great when stained, like naturally occurring veins of intense color. Some metal designers even chip and scar metals before patinas are applied. Dirty or contaminated surfaces may severely limit color results.
Disclaimer: The color shades displayed here are indicative and may vary from the actual color shades due to variation in the monitor display settings.