The Univeral Patinas come in numerous unique patina colors allowing for an unlimited variety of finishes. These patinas may be used on all metals and the Metal Coatings. They may be blended within their product line but not recommended with each other or any other type of patina. Layering is possible. Universal Patinas are non-reactive, UV safe, and do not contain acids. They adhere best to warm metal (180-200°F), but may also be applied to cold metal. Any metal surface needs to be cleaned before application. The easiest and most affordable way to create a nonferrous or zinc surface on steel is to use the bronze, brass, copper, or zinc Universal Patinas. These four patinas are heat tolerant and may be used as a base for other non-acid patinas. They should be applied hot (200-220°F). A clear sealer is always recommended to protect your finish.
Dye-Oxide Patinas are like the Universals, non acid and water based – no solvents. They are different than the Universals in the sense that they are typically more transparent (not totally transparent) and more pastel in color. All of the colors are transparent and may be blended or layered together to achieve any color.
Like the Universal Patinas, Dye-Oxide Patinas are UV safe, non-reactive, and do not contain acids. They may be applied in any manner using any traditional hot or cold patina application technique. The Dye-Oxide Patinas adhere best when the metal is warmed (180-200°F).
Dye-Oxide Patinas are sold in 8oz., 32oz., 1 gallon, and 5 gallon sizes. Spray tops are included with 8oz. and 32oz. bottles. One gallon of Dye-Oxide Patina generally covers 200 sq. ft.