Rust Metal Fast!
Sometimes, all bright and shiny metalwork is just not what your log furniture is looking for. Sometimes your log furniture needs an even more rustic appeal than modern. What we’re talking about here is rust, also known as (AKA) “patina”. Rust never sleeps!
Now learn How-to Rust Metal Fast in this post all about rusty metal art and furniture.
Rust is the result of a reaction called oxidation in which iron reacts with water and oxygen to form hydrated iron oxide. Because iron and oxygen have opposite charges, they gravitate toward each other which results in iron losing electrons to oxygen atoms (oxidation). The result is that red and orange flaky coating.
Treating raw steel with a diluted solution of muriatic acid, will rust fairly rapidly. … Introducing copper into the solution is easier than you might think. Muriatic acid will dissolve copper.
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Warning: working with Muriatic acid poses numerous health risks: Momentary exposure to skin can cause severe burns, inhaling its fumes can burn lung and nose lining, and contact can also cause irreversible damage to the eyes or lead to permanent blindness. Never reach for muriatic acid lightly.
Now, here in this video you will see I use this same technique to quickly “patina” (rust) the metal legs for a small two-seat garden bench. Rusted metal is a great finish technique to use for all your rustic, log garden furniture.
Watch How-To Make A Rusty Leg Log Bench
Note: Once you have achieved the desired patina it is recommended to wash and apply clear coat to seal the metal. Apply at least two coats to assure the rust doesn’t smear onto clothing or “bleed” onto concrete surfaces.
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