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    The Patina Project

    Hey all;

    Picked up the 65 BICO 40mm a few weeks ago, and I love it. It was starting to develop a cool, uneven natural patina which I was happy with... until I saw Buchmann69’s Brashear lol. I was drooling over that patina, and I had to have it. So I reached out to him and he graciously provided me with what he did to his.

    So after about 3 hours last night of force-then-brush off-then force-then... well, you get the picture. I think I finally nailed what I consider “my look”. It looks like you just pulled this bronze from the sea floor.

    What do you guys think of my project results?


    Btw, toothpaste and a toothbrush is incredible for restoration and/or dulling down the patina finish on bronze!

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    I normally don't like this type of stuff. But that does look really good. Congrats. Wear it in great health.

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    Looks PERFECT

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    Looks great. I really like the look of these watches.
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    Looks awesome. Did you use baking soda and vinegar?



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    Am I the only one who can’t see the pic?

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    Re: The Patina Project

    Quote Originally Posted by Vetinari67 View Post
    Looks awesome. Did you use baking soda and vinegar?



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    No, I used a chemical called brass ager (Amazon, 15 bucks). It took me about 3 soaks to get where I wanted it to be.

    So what I did was I initially soaked the watch for too long; it turned suuuuuper dark, almost black. So I took it out, then liberally applied toothpaste to all of the bronze, let it sit for about 5 minutes then lightly scrubbed it with a toothbrush. It then became lighter with some really cool accents. so I soaked it again to darken it up a bit. Then used toothpaste without letting it sit, and very lightly brushed over it for I’d say 10 mins or so.

    I did this a total of 3 times until I got my end result. The really cool thing about the aging solution is how uniform the patina was. I first tried the egg method about a week ago but it resulted in a weird, almost milky- white film that covered the bronze ( so much so, that towards the clasp, the center links looked like stainless steel). I used toothpaste, a toothbrush, and some pretty heavy elbow grease to restore it fully to its “new” state.

    I would HIGHLY recommend this solution if anyone wants to play around with the patina. It will turn the watch a very even shade, and you can work the lighter “accents” to desired effect very easily with the above method


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    That looks fantastic! Great work and thanks for the tips.

    When I started reading I thought that you had turned it green and crusty. I usually don't like the green and crusty look, but it honestly might work well with the steel here.

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    The Patina Project

    Nice work Kyle, glad it worked out so well for you!

    Did someone say patina...?






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    Re: The Patina Project

    Quote Originally Posted by Buchmann69 View Post
    Nice work Karl, glad it worked out so well for you!

    Did someone say patina...?






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    Hands down best looking bronze I’ve ever seen thanks for the secret ingredient!!!!


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