How to Antique a Brass Fixture
Give a shiny new fixture a weathered finish for a vintage look
Shiny brass gets an uneven, darkened patina with a naturally vintage look. A chemical reaction rapidly oxidizes unlacquered brass for a realistic finish.
Strip Any Coating
If your item is lacquered, you'll need to remove this coating first. Tape off wires or wrap them in plastic ahead of time. Wear protective gloves and eyewear while working with paint stripper. Brush the paint stripper onto the fixture to loosen the lacquer. We used Citristrip, a mild stripper, because its thick consistency makes it easy to apply and its orange color makes it easy to spot on the brass.