Asked on Jun 23, 2013

Aging A Metal Sign

Woodbridge Environmental Tiptophouse.comDelores MSharon


Planning on painting words/art on a tray of galvanized metal. I want to "age" the metal. Opinions needed -- should I paint the sign prior to using aging technique, or age the metal prior to painting the sign? Also, as the sign will be hunt in an unprotected area outdoors, should I seal the sign to prevent further metal aging?
4 answers
  • If you use vinegar and wipe it on the metal it will etch the galvanized coating and allow it to be painted. The etching alone will whiten the surface of the metal as the acid in the vinegar reacts to the coating. Using muriatic acid also works, just a bit riskier being more acidic then simple vinegar. Once etched and depending upon just how aged you want to do, will have more weight on what to do and what not to do.

  • Sharon
    on Jun 24, 2013

    Delores,hi... look up on the top left hand side of your screen where it says search home & gardening posts? type in aging galvanized metal,hit search,and TA-DA !Lots of ideas!

  • Delores M
    on Jun 24, 2013

    Thank you for the suggestions but this doesn't answer my question because I know HOW to age the metal.

  • The process depends upon what you want the final look to be. If you age the sign first then finish it will look like you painted over an old sign in attempt to hide its condition, If you want the sign to look distressed I would finish then age it.

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