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Antique solid color

Antique solid color finish

antique white finish

Antique solid finish is a solid color (opaque color) finish with the antique looked (old looked). Antique solid color would produce furniture with a paint finish, but with the impression that the furniture has been made and used for long time, old, damaged, dirty looked. Antique white finish may be the most popular finish for this finish, even  though we can make any color by playing with the stain. As well as finishing antic transparent, antique solid also use antique effects such as physical distress and the application of stain and glaze to give the antique and damaged impression. An appropriate of glaze and pad stain application with the right combination with the paint, base coat or toner would produce attractive dirty-looking furniture. 
To make the antique solid finishing, instead of the uses of glaze and stain, antique impression is also obtained by highlight (reducing of color) on the base coat or paint coat. With a proper highlight techniques then we get an antic performance finishing with more variation. There are several techniques to highlight for the paint layers, each of which will create different impression of antique looked. 

  • Sand trough or rubbed finish.
This antique finishing is the most simple and easy to do for solid color. The solid color of the base coat or paint is highlighted by rubbed with sandpaper steel wool on some part. The rubbed off can be done just a little on the corners or edges to show a little impression of rubbed off.  The more sanding on the surface part to make more paint erased is the other option to do. The highlight of the base coat color is of course must be done correctly because it will mainly responsible to the appearance of the finish produced. Highlight in the proper way will be able to produce a natural appearance and attractive finish, but the wrong highlight will produce a strange appearance.

Antique wipe off white finish
  •  Wipe off finish.
This finish is principally similar with the rubbed of finish, but it is done with different way. In this method the highlight to the base coat is done by using thinner. Base coat layer is removed using a wet cloth with paint thinner, the base coat will wipe off according to the wiping clothe. This technique will produce a softer looked highlight, but relatively more difficult in application. This technique tends to a “too much erasure” in the wiping off process then the sanding highlight. This highlights techniques require to be done more carefully because the finish coat will be more easily drawn, resulted in paint too much erased. This is also rather difficult to do for water based paint; since the water based paint cannot be erased with water,  while using paint thinner to do the highlight would be difficult in control. 

 Antique chipped off finish
  • Chipped of finish
Highlight on the paint color is made with the paint peeling in some parts. Peeling of paint will produce a different appearance antic finish. There are some techniques to make the base coat peel off. For the water base base coat or latex paint, the peeling can be done by burning the base coat. The base coat layer that is already dry is burned in certain parts until peel off. This technique should be done carefully, first is to produce desired effects and also because the use of fire in the finishing process is a dangerous thing. The burning should be done in outdoors place away from the finishing materials.
Another process which is easier and more secure is by using special materials that make the base coat layer does not stick to the surface. A special material is applied in some places before the base coat application. After the base coat layer is dry, then it can be chipped off by a little scrubbing with sandpaper or scotch brite. This process is safer and faster since it work for thinner base coat, but the application of base coat has to be done by spray.

Antique solid finish with the grain and pores pattern displayed

  • Antique paint which is still show the grain and pores pattern
It is the antique solid color which still shows the grain and pore pattern to produce a lively finishing looked. It needs the right selection and application of stain to make the opaque color. A toner or thin base coat is used to make opaque color, but still keep the grain and pores texture opened. This process is usually followed by the application of glaze with contrasting color to fill into the pores and grain. The glaze will enhance the grains and pores to make lively and attractive finishing.   


Techniques des ors antiques: La bijouterie iberique du VII au IVe siecle (French Edition) 

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