Zinc: Old-Time Forged Look
After spraying on a coat or two of toned lacquer and "toasting" the finish, you can distress the results for classic a look.
Heating with a torch provides a muted, gun metal look to the hardware prior to "finishing."
After applying a coat of finish, use a torch to burn it. Follow up with some distressing.
Simple steps are all it takes to add "age" to zinc-plated hardware.
Diluted muriatic acid will remove the zinc plating from a hinge in just a few minutes.
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