Patina is an aging process that happens naturally when metal is exposed to the elements and use. When metal is left untreated, over time the metal oxidizes turning it a different color (i.e.: brown, black, or green), or it can darken the color of the metal. For example, cooper transforms from a shiny penny shade to a burnished brown, and then various shades of green. The natural chemical process of metal interacting with the elements, causing the patina, helps preserve the metal.
Patina can be applied to any metal surface-interior or exterior. Exterior applications include handrails, window frames, statues, monuments, signs, plaques, and more. Patinas in the world of design have a little help from human hands to hurry that process along. It is possible to add acidity and alkalinity to the surface of a metal to create reactions.
Although there are some fantastic faux painters out there, paint will never have the feel of a patina. Each metal has its own reflective quality and beauty that glows from within. It bounces the light and reflects the color differently on different planes.
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