When I started experimenting with this metal effect paint I intended to paint one item. But it was so much fun I kept finding more things to paint!
Last Christmas I sold these vintage pickup trucks in The Shop. I decided to experiment on one of them with Modern Masters Paint.
I chose to work with the Metal Effects line in bronze.
This is a 3-part paint process consisting of a primer, the reactive metallic paint and an aging solution.
The first step, after making sure your project is clean and ready to paint is 2 coats of the Metal Effects Primer. This is a brown, rust colored primer. You can see I chose not to paint the interior of my truck.
Leave the first coat to dry 1 hour then paint your second coat. The second coat needs to be completely dry before proceeding. They suggest 12 hours. Due to the smaller sections and details of the truck I had to paint with a small artist brush. I tried a 1″ brush but it was too awkward.
The waiting was the hardest part for me. I wanted to keep going and get it all done at one time! If I’d been smart I would have painted the primer early in the morning and then finished the project that night but I didn’t think ahead.
The next step is painting 2 coats of the metallic bronze using MM’s Bronze Reactive Metallic Paint.
Even though this step also takes 2 coats the paint dries quickly (about 1 hr) and you get to keep moving on to step 3 while the 2nd coat is still wet. This photo shows 1 dry coat of the metallic paint.
As soon as I finished painting the 2nd coat of the metallic bronze paint I sprayed the whole project down with Blue Patina Aging Solution.
If you’re a bit of a perfectionist when it comes to painting I would suggest not choosing a small, detailed & tedious project for your first attempt at this paint process unless you can go-with-the-flow. Since this truck was not a perfectly painted masterpiece to begin with it was easy not to be a perfectionist. And this process is very forgiving! So, there’s a few missed spots and mishaps? It just adds to the patina. 🙂
If you do have a strong perfectionist streak them this next project might be a better choice. This planter was your typical, glazed ceramic pot. I started by spray painting the planter with a gray automotive primer. If you look close you can still see the floral design through the primer.
Next I painted the two coats of Modern Masters Primer and reluctantly waited 12 hours. Which wasn’t a problem since I painted the 2nd coat at 11:00 pm.
I repeated the same process as with the truck – 2 coats of metallic paint and a generous spray of the aging solution.
It is SO COOL to see what happens after you spray the aging solution! It’s never the same result! Here you can see the two sides of the pot are very different.
The last project I painted was a 16×20 canvas. Curt Munger, owner of Munger Paint and Wallcovering in OKC (my local source for Modern Masters products) suggested I try the Metal Effects Paint as a piece of art. The photo above shows the canvas right after I sprayed the aging solution. I have to admit, it’s this canvas project that has me wanting to experiment even more with the Metal Effects paints. While this turned out really cool…I can only imagine how fun it would be too experiment with additional colors & textures.
The circles were created using a texture medium.
I simply applied a thin coat to the edge of a Styrofoam plate and pressed the plate onto the canvas.
I can’t decide if I prefer the circles at the top or the bottom!
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Product was provided by Modern Masters. All projects and opinions are my own.