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Aging tin


My father is making a cabinet and using tin plating in it. He is looking for a way to age the tin so that it does not have that shiny, new look. He has tried vinegar but unfortunately it is difficult to find pure vinegar. Does anyone have any other ideas as to have to age tin?

Michelle Malott
- Loveland, Ohio


Can anyone tell me how to make new tin look old?

Joy Brandt
- Cottage Grove, Oregon


See letter 6383 please.

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Ted Mooney, P.E. RET
Pine Beach, New Jersey

February 23, 2010

One Simple Ingredient & Patience Is All That's Needed :-)

Here's what you need for this project:
Common table salt
Spray bottle

Directions to rust metal:

1) Mix up some salt water: fill a spray bottle with a salt & warm water mixture. Use approximately 1-2 tablespoons salt to a pint of warm (or hot) water. Shake it up! Make sure the salt becomes completely dissolved.

2) Take your garden art item outside. Now, all you have to do is spray the tin or metal item every day with the salty mixture. Leave your item outside and it will begin to rust.

The oxygen in the air & salt water cause the metal to rust.

3) Keep up this routine until it gets as rusty as you'd like.

That's All It Takes :-)

This simple faux finish technique can transform new or old metal items into shabby chic items in no time! It's really a matter of being patient and letting Mother Nature go to work.

Good luck with this project and remember ... Have Fun!

Spirit Hawk
- Pickens, South Carolina

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