Once a metal exceeds its expected lifespan, it begins to change its color. Antique experts call this softer look, and subtle color change over time in copper, and other metal objects as metal patina. Basically, a patina is formed when a bare metal surface gets a coating due to a chemical reaction. Sometimes, it also occurs naturally when a metal object is kept in the exteriors for too long. Patina is the thin film encrustation that is the natural product of oxidation which occurs on the surface of almost every metal.

This truly harsh damage on the metal surface is obviously unattractive. Today, patinas have become an industry catchphrase for metalworking and new age products sold with patina finishes that is nothing but a fusion of modern-day paint technology to articulate metallic effects on paintable surfaces.

Without the patination process, a work of metal art is never complete. This is important because it not only helps in creating an appeal but also protects the metal from rust, corrosion, and discoloration. Modern technology has provided many options for applying patinas and finishes today.

Using patinas for creating unique interior design projects is a good idea especially if you are renovating your railings or wish to enhance the appeal of your home space. By changing the colors of the patina, you can transform the appearance of your house.

How to care for your patina?

A good quality patina will require very little maintenance and care, particularly when placed inside the home and in a controlled environment. However, even the best decorative metal piece will be exposed indoor humidity and other elements on it which will eventually lead to the deterioration of the metal coating.

In most circumstances, the only maintenance required will be cleaning with a soft, lint-free cloth, feather duster or a natural-bristled brush. Do not use water. If you find that the paint layer is fading away, you may then opt for metal polishes and finishes for the patina.

Outdoor pieces of your patinas are exposed to ultraviolet radiation from the sun, exhaust emissions, rains and a host of other potentially bothersome phenomena. As a result of the extreme conditions, your outdoor works are subjected to; they require cleaning, re-sealing, and structural evaluation more frequently than compared to your indoor architectural pieces.

To accomplish a more natural finish on your metalwork project, use AIDI’s series of Sculpt Nouveau patinas and exterior paint finishes. Sculpt Nouveau offers smart solutions for cleansing, polishing and preserving metal surfaces. A wide collection of traditional patinas, smart stains, dye oxides, metal waxes/oils, and sealers are available to secure your project and ensure that it lasts for many years.

By now, you know there are many kinds of patinas and finishes available today. If you have purchased a piece of metal art and wanted to improve the finish of the patina, there are finishes which you can apply on the product by yourself or with the help of a professional. If you come across the work of an artist that intrigues you for its design but not its color, you can always opt to change the color to something more to your taste.