Antiquing brass and copper.

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Antiquing brass and copper.

Post by crazyman » Wed Apr 20, 2011 1:40 am

I've tried lime juice, salt, vinegar, battery acid, and ammonia. Guess which chemical won out? Ammonia. I dipped the pieces into Ammonia, then stood them on end to drain on a spray can lid above the Ammonia and gently sealed the lid on the ice cream tub to let the vapors work.

I'm building a fuel rail for a three deuce Ratrod for my buddy, and Ammonia did the trick to make it petina'ed..

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Re: Antiquing brass and copper.

Post by crazyman » Wed Apr 20, 2011 2:02 am

Hmm.. Sitting here reading my post, I wonder how ammonia would make a ported head appear unported...

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Re: Antiquing brass and copper.

Post by XLR8R » Sat May 21, 2011 10:27 am

Antiquing copper & it's alloys - as in Verde Patina (i.e. Statue of Liberty)?

Cupric nitrate and heat - apply with a brush when surface temp is above 215*F, repeat as needed to achieve desired hue - too many coats (~>2-3 dozen) can cause seperation of sacrificial coating on flexible substrates... many years of experience with a coloring torch in my younger days.
Nostalgia is dampened by memories of Antique Brown application - the Sulferated Potash required was especially stinky as the water steamed away! :-&
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