Step 3: Apply The Rust Solution

give a watering can a faux rust coating apply rust solution over tacky paint
Photo: Lisa Shin
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While the paint is still somewhat tacky (after about an hour), use a sponge to liberally apply the rust solution to the paint. You’ll see the paint turn rusty, but the rest of the can will be unharmed. For an authentic look, we deliberately didn’t clean up the rust drips on the can. Watch for the rust to start to form in about an hour; leave overnight for a full transformation.
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    Tools List

    • latex gloves
      Protective gloves
    • sponge
      Sponges (two)

    Shopping List

    1. Metal watering can

    2. Modern Masters Iron Reactive Paint

    3. Modern Masters Rust Activator

    4. Clear sealer