Of all the applications one can use to enhance the look of antiques, nothing compares to metal blackening, or blackening as is it often referred to, and when you consider how different solutions create different effects, with brass, pewter, copper and nickel all treatable. Antiquing, as it is known, is very popular with dealers and collectors alike, as it can add a touch of character to any piece, especially if you research the possibilities first.
Years ago, metal blackening was carried out in very rigid conditions, and only certain factories were equipped to carry out the immersion process, yet a company by the name of Blackfast has developed blackening kits that you can actually order online. There is a range of blackening kits, depending on the metal and the effect you are after, and with easy to follow instructions, anyone can complete the metal blackening process, even in your own garage at home.
Although not in any way connected to antiques, the metal blackening process is caused by a chemical reaction that takes place on the metal surface, which does not significantly increase the dimensions, making it ideal as a protective treatment for precision made parts. With a medium sized kit, a small engineering workshop can affordable treat their components by setting up the bath in a corner of the workshop.
It isn’t only precision engineered parts that can be protected by metal blackening, as valuable antiques also benefit from the anti-corrosion properties, and while many dealers have a piece blackened for aesthetic purposes, there are those who do it to protect the item, and with a degreasing solution applied, the metal surface is well-protected against the elements. The supplier is a market leader in the blackening industry and their experts are there to consult, should you be unsure of the best approach, and with a choice of kits, you are sure to find exactly what you are looking for.
The supplier, who is very established, is always happy to give the customer a demonstration, which enables you to see the results before actually making a commitment. They operate with the most stringent safety procedures and are confident enough to offer an unconditional money back guarantee to anyone that is not completely satisfied.
Blackfast 183 solution will darken brass, and if the bath temperature is kept between 35-40C, the process only takes 5 minutes. A brass piece and be buffed a little on the proud surfaces to give a very distinguished looking contrast, and as the piece is immersed in a solution, the process gets into every nook and cranny, and will certainly add some depth and colour to any brass antique.
Metal blackening works equally well with pewter, copper, silver and nickel, so whether you are an antique dealer or would simply like to add some appeal to an older piece of furniture, an online search will put you in touch with the right supplier.