can you 'rust' chrome???

ess1August 1, 2005

I have some chrome or shinny silver metal door knobs I want to use on shabby projects. shinny silver won't do! How can I rust them or will I have to resort to painting them??

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lazy_gardens

Paint.

"Rusting" chrome involves removing the chrome, which releases some toxic waste.

    Bookmark   August 2, 2005 at 9:40AM
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chuckr30

I think if you hand sanded it with a rough grit, say 80 or 100, it will soon rust by itself. Spraying with water once a day would certainly speed up the process.

    Bookmark   August 9, 2005 at 9:42AM
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chinacat_sunflower

it partly depends on what they actually are- chrome, chromed plastic, or stainless steel... stainless will indeed rust if you encourage it (220 grit is fine, anything rougher will leave visible gouges. I'm a BIG fan of the scrubby sanding pads, by the way!)

there are spray paints out there that mimic other finishes- bronze, copper, i'll bet Rustoleum even makes a rust-colored textured paint.

again, give is a 'scuff' sanding to assure adhesion (never, ever 'expect' that something will get only minimal handling. it never works that way)

    Bookmark   August 9, 2005 at 3:32PM
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des_arc_ya_ya

I'd try some fine sand paper and then spray with a strong salt water solution.

    Bookmark   August 10, 2005 at 9:22PM
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