How can I achieve this look?

Can anyone tell me how I can achieve this look.I am trying to make a chippy painted rusty sign. I just don't know what comes first rust, paint. I'm so confused.Is their anyone who can walk me through it. Thank you so much

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  • Michelle Leslie Michelle Leslie on Feb 15, 2019

    Hi Mary, I love the tutorials that Heather from Thicket Works shares on rusting techniques. Here's one that might help - She also has a youtube channel which you can find here -

    • Mary Mary on Feb 16, 2019

      Hi Michelle thank you so much for your help. My problem is I don't know if I should paint, distress ,paint, distress, rust. I have done rust projects before, I just have never incorporated paint with the rust.I have searched you tube, pintrest and no one has videos of the process everything is how to get the rust effect. I have looked under how to make a antique sign on metal, chippy rusty paint on metal and nothing. I was just hoping someone on this site had do this technique before.

  • Michelle Leslie Michelle Leslie on Feb 16, 2019

    Oh I understand. When we make rusty signs like this one, we will paint and distress first before doing the rust effect. Depending on the look we're going for we might paint over some of the rust to get that worn, bumpy look and then apply rust over the top again. The rusted layers add to the overall effect. This little stop sign we did below was done using an old tin can. I think it will also depend on the rusting technique you use. If it's faux rust, definitely apply it after painting and distressing. If you're painting around existing rust, I would use something to mask the old rust off so it doesn't interfere and mix with the paints. Rubber cement or masking fluid should work. Unfortunately I don't have a tutorial on how we made the sign, but I'll keep searching for something for you

  • Robyn Garner Robyn Garner on Feb 16, 2019

    Guessing here but if you're starting from a "new" piece of metal I would cover over areas I wanted to create a rust effect. You could use contact paper on a large area and vaseline on small areas. Go ahead and paint/chip or whatever. When finished, as long as the rusting technique you're using doesn't dissolve your paint, just peel off the contact paper and wipe down the vaseline & clean well. Do the rust technique and be done! 😎

    • Mary Mary on Feb 16, 2019

      Hi Robyn

      Thank you for your help.

      The piece that I have is a new piece of metal. The rust technique I am going to use is a vinegar solution. I was going to spray on some small areas and some larger areas. I am not sure if it will effect the paint.