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How to Apply the Finishes

 

Summary

Now that you've chosen which of the three finishes you want, it's time to learn how to actually apply the finish.   In the videos below I show you how to either paint, clear coat, or metal age your hardware.  I hope you're excited to see how beautiful they'll be when you're done!

Note: You will need to let any spray painted or clear coated hardware sit overnight, unless you follow my trick in the next step that helps you dry the hardware faster.  It is very easy to smudge the paint or clear coat.

Materials

Rustoleum Oil Rubbed Bronze$6A great option for painting locks, hinges, door handles, etc. I like the uniform look it provides. LINK
Clear Coat Lacquer$6A good option for when you already have a nice patina on your hardware, and just want to seal it to keep the look.LINK
Metal Aging Solution$12It can be fun to age your hardware with a solution like this. It can give everything a nice look, as demonstrated in my videos.LINK

 

Video One

  • MINS 0:00-END. Painting or Clear Coating the Hardware.  If you desire to paint or clear coat the hardware—whether the pulleys or the locks—follow the steps in this video.  In the video I demonstrate this process with spray paint.  But if you decide you want to use a clear coat instead, then then you just follow the same steps with a clear coat. For painting, I used Rustoleum's oil rubbed bronze spray paint.  For the clear coat, I like Rustoleum's clear coat lacquer.  

Video Two

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  • MINS 0:00-END. Aging the Hardware.  If you want to age the hardware, follow the steps in this video.  I do think the aging looks awesome, but it really only works well if you have all original brass hardware.  My house had a mix of brass, steel, and probably other metals, so I decided to paint them all to give them a uniform look.  But if you have the original stuff, then it definitely looks cool!  I don’t know what’s in the solution, but you should probably wear gloves when using this stuff.

 

Pictures

Hardware sitting on cardboard in the process of getting painted.

Hardware sitting on cardboard in the process of getting painted.

Working on restoring the hardware. Another pic of hardware about to get painted.

Working on restoring the hardware. Another pic of hardware about to get painted.

Hardware after it’s all been painted.

Hardware after it’s all been painted.

Painting the screws.

Painting the screws.

 

Ok - so now you've either spray painted, clear coated, or aged your hardware.  If you've spray painted or clear coated, check out the next step where I show you a little trick to harden your finish 10X quicker than just letting it dry.  Go to the next page for this step: Final Trick: For Paint and Clear Coat Finishes

If you've metal aged your hardware, you are essentially done.  You can check out the Conclusion / Final Results page or just start reinstalling your like new, beautiful hardware back on your windows and doors.