How to darken drawer pulls
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We have some newish metal drawer pulls—oh so shiney gold. They have a fancy back plate and hinged handle.
What would you spray them with to make them darker, older looking.
Thanks for your advice.
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  Re: How to darken drawer pulls by petertay15 (We have some newish ...)
Are they solid brass? If so, make sure there’s no lacquer, then hit with EZ-Off.
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  Re: How to darken drawer pulls by petertay15 (We have some newish ...)
Gun blue might work. I use it to blacken parts and tools I machine.


Like this square socket.
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 Just blacken and then steel wool for a flat and worn finish.
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  Re: How to darken drawer pulls by petertay15 (We have some newish ...)
We found something, so will let others know. It’s a rattle-can. Their website says:

Mohawk TONE FINISH TONER. Finely ground, non-fading pigments for color repairs that last. Available in a wide variety of wood finishing shades. Used throughout the industry for quick efficient professional touch-up. Adapts to various methods so as to blend in spot repairs. Adjustment of sheen is achieved with a topcoat of clear lacquers available in gloss, satin, flat and dead flat.
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  Re: How to darken drawer pulls by petertay15 (We have some newish ...)
If the parts are brass plated there will be a waterborne lacquer coating.  I doubt that most spray finishes will adhere.  You will have to test.

A magnet will tell you if the parts are plated steel.  

If they are plated steel, then there is the lacquer top coat, then a "flash" of brass and then nickel plating acting as a base coat.  

The brass will both tarnish easily once the lacquer is removed and will rub off almost as easily as erasing a pencil.  

If they are solid brass you can oxidize them.  But then you will have to top coat them to end the oxidation process.

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  Re: How to darken drawer pulls by petertay15 (We have some newish ...)
There is a process I have used to antique handles and such- depends on the colors you want- I wanted black rusted.

Sand the part well and clean with acetone. Spray dark brown and let that cure (about 5 days), then spray with black and let that cure a week or two. Then lightly sand spots (200 grit or even better- steel wool) until you break through the black paint and see the brown. Sand only the spots you want to look brown/rusty- soften the surface with steel wool. Then clear coat with a satin or gloss- which ever final appearance you like.
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  Re: RE: How to darken drawer pulls by MsNomer (Are they solid brass...)
Carolyn (MsNomer) .... Welcome back. Good to hear from you again.


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  Re: RE: How to darken drawer pulls by wood2woodknot (Carolyn (MsNomer) .....)
(01-30-2019, 12:28 AM)wood2woodknot Wrote: Carolyn (MsNomer) .... Welcome back. Good to hear from you again.

Glad to be back.  Wasn’t my doing—there was a glitch in my log-in and I had no way to communicate til someone contacted me.
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