Giving New Parts an Antique Finish

Rob Skinner's goal in restoring gas engines is to make them look as original as possible. To that end, he needs to paint the parts and then age them to the tune of a hundred years, giving new parts an antique finish.

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To get a more uniform finish, you may want to wait a day after rubbing with the liver of sulfur and wash the piece with water, followed by a light polish with steel wool. Then, rub with liver of sulfur, wait a day, wash with water and repeat the process until you achieve the desired finish.
Photo courtsey Rob Skinner