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How to Rust Shiny Metal in Minutes!

Hi friends! Thank you for tuning in for another project post! This time, I am showing you how to easily rust shiny metal hardware and give it a timeworn patina! I start with pieces from the hardware store that look like this:

how to rust shiny metal in minutes

I have used this technique on screws, nuts, bolts, and L brackets. I think you can rust just about anything as long as it isn’t aluminum. All you have to do is place your items in a container (I always use glass for easier clean up) with about 2-3 tablespoons of regular table salt. Then pour household vinegar over them and make sure they are just covered. Let them sit overnight; this starts the oxidation process.

When they have been sitting in the solution for at least 8 hours, take them out and place them on a paper towel. You will see that the metal is a little less shiny because it has started to oxidize. The next step is to wash out your glass container, and then add fresh salt (I used 2-3 tablespoons again). Place your metal pieces in the salt, just like you did before. This time, pour in hydrogen peroxide until they are just covered, and watch the magic begin!

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