• Zinc Antiquing Solution

    The Amy Howard At Home Zinc Antiquing Solution enables you to give metal the look of aged zinc. Use the Antiquing Solution to oxidize and age the metal, then follow with an application of Light Wax to buff and seal. Annual maintenance applications of Light Wax are recommended to protect your piece.

    Take a plain metal desktop from standard to special, or add a unique top to your kitchen idland.  Create an aged zinc finish on metal candlesticks or containers.


    You’ll need:

    • Amy Howard At Home Zinc Solution
    • Plastic Container
    • Degreaser
    • Paper Towels
    • Gloves
    • T-shirt rags
    • Piece of Galvanized Sheet Metal
    • Amy Howard At Home Light Wax (optional)

    Zinc Solution Instructions:

    1. Before you start, know that if your piece of metal has scratches or marks on it, thats ok! It will make your Zinc piece look old and worn- such character.
    2. You will need to clean your piece first before you add the Zinc Solution. Use a degreaser to clean the entire surface or your metal. This will rid it of the greasy, oily feel of the metal. I suggest using Simple Green.
    3. With your paper towl, use the degreaser in a circular motion to make sure you do not miss any coverage of your piece.
    4. Allow your metal piece to dry thoroughly.
    5. Pour your Zinc Solution into your plastic container. (You may also use a Styrofoam bowl.)
    6. Before you dip your rag into the Zinc Solution, make sure you are wearing gloves.
    7. Use your t-shirt rag to soak up Zinc Solution.
    8. You do not want your rag to be drowning in solution, so if you feel you have too much weighing down your rag, lightly shake your rag out. Do not squeeze!
    9. Now, use your rag to lightly dab your metal. Dab and dot your rag in different directions and cover your piece of metal. You do not want to be able to tell what type of tool you used for the Zinc Solution.
    10. Remember to dab and dot your rag off of the edges of your piece, so that you do not have any missed spots. Cover the whole piece.
    11. You will begin to see the oxidation process happen immediately. Your piece of metal with the solution on top will begin to turn black.
    12. You want to continue using your rag with solution until you see everything on your piece begin to turn.
    13. If you begin to see any places that seem to have been neglected or missed, use your rag and go back over the spot.
    14. Leave your piece flat for about 30-45 minutes to dry.
    15. As the solution begins to dry, you will begin to see the metal gradually turning into that dead, chalky finish of Antique Parisian Zinc.

    **If you are using this for a counter top, vanity, or top of any piece of furniture, be sure and seal it with Amy Howard At Home Light Wax, but if you desire a more chalky, blue green finish, do not seal it.