Antique Metal Coloring in Only Six Steps

There’s nothing quite like the elegant colors found on antique metal. Thanks to GILDERS® paste wax , you can give any age metal a beautiful vintage appearance in just a few easy steps.


  1. Using your finger, apply a base layer of a dark blue gilders paste, like Iris Blue. Depending on the metal rivets and detailing, you may need to rub harder to ensure even coating.
  2. Add highlights using a Gold or Bronze GILDERS® paste wax, like African Bronze. Extending the paste with thinner allows you to easily blend GILDERS® paste wax to create a more architectural distressed finish.
  3. Add some additional highlights using Patina GILDERS® paste wax for that aged copper contrast.
  4. If you’d like to lighten or remove some of the GILDERS® paste wax, simply use a paper towel to rub off the desired area within 5 minutes.
  5. Allow the GILDERS® paste wax to dry for at least 60 minutes.
  6. Apply 3-4 light coats of a clear acrylic sealer.

Voilà! A beautifully vintage baroque art metal finish using only GILDERS® paste wax and your own hands.