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Antique Brown Patina?


Q. I am looking for a patina formula to repair patina on an antique matchbox cover (not sure if it is bronze or copper). It is a beautiful warm brown. (Please don't tell me to buy the book! I would if I could afford it!) Any ideas? Thanks.

Andrea Mordoh
- Santa Monica, California, USA

The Colouring, Bronzing and Patination of Metals
from Abe Books



A. Uhh... go to the library and BORROW the book? :-)

Ted Mooney, Teds signature
Ted Mooney, P.E.
Pine Beach, New Jersey


A. I too have a piece of old metal that has gone from the Color Case Hardening finish to a rich brown Patina, I am looking for a book, article or some other reference material that discusses how to restore, and the basic metallurgy behind this process.. thanks,

Jacob Hargrave
- Gurnee, Illinois USA

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