Rub N Buff Wax Metallic Finishes 12 Color Sampler Set
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- 12 half fluid ounce tubes
- Colors: Gold Leaf, Spanish Copper, Patina, Antique Gold, Silver Leaf, Ruby, Grecian Gold, Autumn Gold, European Gold, Antique Wite, Ebony, Pewter.
- Rub 'n Buff is made from imported carnauba waxes, fine metallic powders, and select pigments.
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Rub 'n Buff is made from imported carnauba waxes, fine metallic powders, and select pigments. This unique blend gives objects decorated with Rub 'n Buff a finish that no paint can duplicate! Comes in convenient 1/2 fluid ounce tubes.
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For my project, I needed to simulate the look of metal when it is heated and the discoloration that happens (kind of like you might see on a copper cooking pot when on a stove top) and I figured I'd have better control over the look with my fingers and this wax rather than spray paint and hope- I was not disappointed!
If you've never used this product before, I would suggest getting one tube of a color you need and trying it out first. A little bit will go a long way,use too much and you'll have a bad time.
The more you rub the wax, the more it shines so if you need it to look a little dull, don't polish it too much.
I find that when you apply a thin base coat and let it dry for 10-15 minutes you get better results when you polish it. I also had success using it to dry brush, provided you don't use a ton.
Buying the sample kit is a great value over buying the tubes individually. Just do the math- if you need several colors, check to see if they are all in this kit and if they are buy this instead of the tubes at $8 a piece. You may not need the other colors now but might later. I ended up using a few that I didn't think I'd need at all because they mixed so well.
I have had 1/2 oz tubes of grecian gold, gold leaf, and antique gold for many years. I have used them for jewelry, picture frames, an antique metal lamp, book covers, buttons, scrapbooking, and most recently for my two porch lamps that I thought I was going to have to replace. See the pictures! I still have some left in my original 3 tubes after many more projects than I just mentioned!
I was so excited when I saw this 12 pack with many new color finishes I had never tried or known about!
They arrived super fast, were packaged very well, and this is such a bargain at this price considering it averages about $6 per tube when purchased seperately.
I can't wait to try out my new colors!
It's fairly easy to use, although you do need to practice a little bit to find a technique that works for you. It's amazing that such a tiny amount of it, smeared so thin, will cover so completely... especially when you consider I was covering a brass finish with a silver toned one. It does dry fast, so you have to work pretty quickly in one small area at a time.
After a few weeks of daily use, the finish held up amazingly well under the circumstances. The light fixture, door hinges, and medicine cabinet frame are great, and the towel bars are pretty good. The finish is starting to wear off the paper towel spool and cabinet knobs - which isn't surprising, considering they get the most wear and tear. I never expected the faucet and drain to hold up at all - even though I added a top coat of polyurethane. I assumed that bathroom cleaners would immediately ruin the finish. After a few weeks, they look ok. There's a bit of water spotting, and I imagine the finish won't last indefinitely. But it still looks a lot better than the old, tarnished brass one. Bottom line, a little effort and a six dollar tube of this stuff made a huge difference in my bathroom and bought me a little time before I have to do a more expensive update. And even then, I might be able to get away with just replacing the faucet, knobs, and TP holder.
This product is a great choice for refinishing anything that doesn't get a lot of handling or friction against the finish part - hinges, chandeliers/light fixtures, glazed ceramics, etc. Anything that gets handled a lot should probably get a polyurethane coat afterwards.
I've now used these to "steampunk" a Nerf gun, remodel a small trunk, and sample on card stock and mixed media. Here's what I learned...
The Nerf gun. I used the Rub N Buff like paint with a brush. I don't recommend this if you want a smooth finish. A number of the colors are rather grainy when you apply them. I did find that when I switched to using my finger to rub it on and smooth it out, I got a much smoother finish. The Nerf gun was plastic orange and green. Bright orange and green. I used the black Rub N Buff and it provided 100% coverage with two thin coats. Then I added other metallic colors to areas.
I experienced the same thing with the grainy finish on the truck. Sometimes the grainy finish lends a "weathered" quality to whatever you're applying it to, so that's not always a bad thing. It depends what look you're going for. The graininess was great on the accents, but not on the main areas.
Still, the colors are true and beautiful. All in all, I'm really glad I bought them as I will get PLENTY of use out of all of them.