- Dec 6, 2008
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I’ve gotten several PM’s regarding how to produce the antique finish (patina) on the polished brass buckle of my Leather Goods Connection (LGC) belt shown above, so I thought I write a how-to. I used this brass darkening solution to do it…
I bought mine on eBay.
1) Make sure the buckle is solid brass (usually says so somewhere on buckle). TMK, all LGC brass buckles are solid brass. If the buckle is only brass-plated, I think it will not work (solution will eat through plating). You can also tell by placing a magnet on the buckle. If the magnet attracts the buckle, then it is NOT solid brass (brass is non-magnetic). With LGC belts, the screws are NOT solid brass, at least on mine.
2) Most polished brass items are lacquered (i.e. clearcoated) to protect the finish from oxidation. You MUST remove this coating before using the antiquing solution. I tried acetone and paint stripper to no avail, so I thoroughly sanded off all the lacquer with Scotchbrite. Steel wool will also work.
3) Clean off buckle with rubbing alcohol before dipping in darkening solution.
4) The brass only takes 10-20 seconds to completely darken in the solution. Transfer buckle to water to stop the process. You may want to wear rubber gloves. I'm sure the solution is bad on your skin.
5) I used gray Scotchbrite to lightly buff off the patina on the edges to give it a worn look. Steel wool will work also. If you buff off too much of the patina, you can always redarken.
I think the results look great. It really gives the belt more of a vintage look. The brightly polished brass finish was too blingy.