Surface Preparation – Remove all loose, peeling paint. Patch and repair any surface imperfections before using the Metal Effects Primer. All surfaces should be sound, clean and free of oil, grease, wax, and other contaminants, and completely dry prior to priming. Surfaces previously primed require light sanding. Scuff sand any glossy surfaces. Stir well before and occasionally during application. Do not thin Metal Effects Primer. If unsure of the substrate, test a sample area to ensure the desired results. Apply at least two coats of Metal Effects Primer to completely seal and block the surface. Some metal surfaces, such as bare aluminum, galvanized metal, or rusted or slag metals, will need a specialty primer from our recommended primer list, applied prior to the application of Metal Effects Primer. If this is the case, read the specific information for the recommended primer prior to beginning your project. Properly prime the clean, dry surface with the recommended primer and allow the surface to dry completely—preferably overnight. Then follow the directions for applying Metal Effects Primer. Note: Lower temperature and higher humidity will lengthen the dry and cure times of primers.
Modern Masters – Metal Effects Primer (AM203) is a unique water-based acrylic primer. Unlike other primers, it is especially formulated to block Metal Effects Patina Aging Solutions and Activators from reaching the metal, wood, or reactive substrate. This helps prevent the formation of rust or other oxidation products from forming under the paint film. Metal Effects Primer will also block out alkali salts, tannins, acid salts, or other unwanted contaminates from ‘bleeding through’ to the Metal Effects Iron Paint film and causing adverse reactions and unwanted color changes in the oxidized finish. Metal Effects Primer can be brush, roll or spray applied.
Application – Modern Masters Metal Effects paints can be brushed, rolled, or spray applied (See specific equipment requirements under Spraying) onto any paintable, properly primed, interior or exterior surface, such as walls, ceilings, columns, trim, doors, furniture, and paintable wallcoverings. Always test the product in a small, inconspicuous area before beginning a project to see if the desired results are attained. We recommend preparing a sample board prior to beginning a project to check color and technique. The paint should be mixed thoroughly before using. Do not apply in temperatures below 55°F/13°C or above 85°F/29°C.
Step 1: Apply a minimum of two coats of Metal Effects Iron Paint allowing to dry between each coat and completely dry before applying Rust Activator.
Step 2: Apply the Rust Activator with a brush, sea sponge or spray apply with a plastic pump sprayer. After 5 minutes, reapply Rust Activator. As the activated surface dries (approx. 30-40 min.) a real rust finish will appear. Cold temperature and/or humid conditions will prolong the oxidation process and dry time. Allow 24 hours prior to applying Permacoat Xtreme.
Protective Clear Coating – The rusted surface should be protected with Metal Effects Permacoat Xtreme DO NOT USE OTHER SEALERS OR VARNISHES. Permacoat Xtreme can be applied by brush, roller or spray. Surface must be completely dry prior to top coating. First coat: Add equal parts of Permacoat Xtreme with water and stir well before applying. Second coat: Apply Permacoat Xtreme at full strength. Let surface dry for 1 hour before handling. Full cure time is 7 to 10 days.