Rubbing 'n Buffing

Over the weekend, I got started on a fun little project that involves making something that's plastic look like it's made of metal. My favorite material for this kind of craft is called "Rub 'n Buff". It's a mixture of metal power, pigment, and wax finish. It works really well, especially on plastic, which sometimes doesn't take well to paint. Plus, after my experiences this summer using gold leaf paint, I wanted to try something different. I'd been introduced to Rub 'n Buff years ago, but never needed to go buy any.

One of the benefits of this finish is that you don't need brushes. It's designed for rubbing on with a finger, and in fact nothing else works as well as that. I've tried brushes, swabs, tissues, and paper towels, but nothing works as well as a finger. Of course, this means having metallic fingertips and getting metallic prints all over eveything while you're working, but the results are great.

Once it's dry, you can buff it with a cloth and it shines like it's actually metal. You can suprise people with this stuff because it doesn't show brush strokes like paint, it's just as smooth as the plastic underneath. I can't wait to show off this project once it's done, but that won't be fore some time. It takes forever to work it into all the nooks and crannies on a detailed piece. I hope to have it finished by next month, though.

2008.03.17 at 12:00pm EDT