Coloring Metal

Coloring metal can be difficult if you don’t know how to prepare the surface or object. To get metallic objects to accept color, you must use an acidic wash or primer to enhance adhesion or promote corrosion. Once you’ve properly prepared the metal, you can generate a patina color by encouraging corrosion or oxidation. You can also add a colorful enamel finish. Preparation is the key; learn how to color metal the proper way, or you may end up disappointed or even injured.

By Jim Dugan
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    Tips & Warnings

  • Never try to color metallic objects or surfaces without taking the time to properly prepare them.
  • Wear goggles, gloves and work outdoors to limit the likelihood of injury.

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