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2K Antique Rust 125mL

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Price: $9.20
Item Number: AR125



2K patina solutions are water based metal salt solutions based on historical formulations for use by the modern day patina artist.  These solutions allow the natural process of patination on colored metals that naturally occurs over great time periods to be accomplished in a substantially shorter time frame with more predictable results. 

2K Antique Rust patina solution is augmented with red iron oxide pigments to produce a very uniform rustic red finish.  It is effective on colored metals and most steel.



It is important to clean the metal before any coloring operation.  Ensure that all oils, waxes, flux remnants, mold release agents, and oxides are removed from the metal surface. The best method of cleaning most materials is to sandblast.  If this method is undesirable then non residual solvents such as acetone, isopropyl or methyl alcohol, or lacquer thinner are useful for removal of most oils and waxes.   When grease is present clean the work with a TSP solution or blend of ammonia, soap, and water.

2K Technologies manufactures and recommends the use of 2K Metal Cleaner or 2K EcoBright Cleaner for optimal performance.  2K Metal Cleaner is a fast acting strong acid metal brightener for severe tarnish and oxide removal.  2K EcoBright Cleaner provides an effective organic acid based green alternative when fine detail may be dissolved by use of strong acids. 

When the metal is thoroughly clean water will “sheet” or cover the whole surface rather than bead up.  Rinse the metal well and dry thoroughly.  From here on, handle the work only by the edges.  Apply patina within 30 minutes.


The patinas made by 2K Technologies are ready to use and formulated to be applied at room temperature.  The method of application depends on the size and shape of the work.  Do not allow patina solution to pool as heavy application results in poor adhesion.  Several light treatments are recommended allowing solution to react and dry completely in between.

2K Antique Rust patina solution contains iron oxide pigment that can settle out over time – SHAKE WELL prior to use.

Note:  the results will be affected by the temperature of the metal, the temperature of the solution, and the duration of exposure to the patina solution.

  • Spray the patina solution using spritzer.  Be sure to clean the spray components after use as any metal components will be attacked by the patina solution.  Avoid inhalation of the mist.
  • Brushing the patina on using brushes, sponges, wads of cheesecloth, and other improvised tools to dab solution onto the metal.

In all cases allow the solution to react and dry.  DO NOT RINSE.  The Antique Red patina forms a deep red color immediately upon application but the surface must be allowed to dry thoroughly to achieve adhesion to the substrate. 


Once the patina finish is achieved it may be left to continue weathering naturally or be sealed at this point by applying a clear coat finish.  A clear finish will improve the resistance to scratching, flaking and tarnishing.  Application of oil or wax sealants is not recommended for the Antique Rust patina because the red oxide pigments in the patina are likely to rub off during application. 

Note:  any patina finishes used on a kitchen surface or that will be handled frequently should be sealed with a nonporous sealer.


  • This solution is extremely messy to work with due to the pigment content – ensure overspray is controlled by covering surroundings and items not to be treated
  • Warming the metal substrate with a gentle heat source (heat gun, solar heat) will give slightly better adhesion
  • Allow all moisture to escape and the patina to dry thoroughly prior to sealing – delamination will result if moisture is retained in the patina


Patina solutions are mild acidic solutions and can cause irritation to the skin and eyes.  They are generally considered consumer friendly and carry no special restrictions and require no special safety precautions other than the normal effort to keep the liquid out of the eyes and to avoid prolonged skin exposure.  KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN!  Rubber gloves and safety glasses should be worn.  Read MSDS before using.


Product should be stored indoors in original closed container.  To prevent contamination of the solution, used product should not be introduced back into the original container.   

DISCLAIMER:  2K Technologies provides the information contained herein in good faith but makes no representation as to its comprehensiveness or accuracy.  This document is intended only as a guide and it is expected that individuals receiving this information will exercise their independent judgment in determining its appropriateness for a particular purpose.  2K Technologies will not be responsible for damages resulting from use of or reliance upon this information.


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2K Antique Rust 250mL
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2K Antique Rust Patina Solution is augmented with red iron oxide pigments to produce a very uniform rustic red finish without the use of special equipment. It is effective on colored metals and most steel. Easy to use and odorless!
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