How to Create Oil Rubbed Patinas for Bronze Door Handles

Dec 11, 2021
Home Decor

Welcome to Flare Furnishings, your ultimate destination for high-quality bronze door handles. In this guide, we will walk you through the process of creating stunning oil rubbed patinas for your bronze door handles, elevating the beauty and elegance of your home or office. Our detailed instructions and expert techniques will ensure that you achieve a beautiful finish that will impress all who enter.

Why Choose Oil Rubbed Patinas?

Oil rubbed patinas are a popular choice for bronze door handles due to their antique and sophisticated look. They add a touch of elegance and character to any door, making them a perfect choice for both traditional and contemporary settings.

Creating an oil rubbed patina involves adding layers of color and texture to the bronze surface, resulting in a rich and stunning finish. It is a meticulous process that requires patience and attention to detail, but the end result is well worth the effort.

Gather Your Materials

Before you begin, make sure you have all the necessary materials on hand:

  • A pair of gloves
  • Protective eyewear
  • Acetone or mineral spirits
  • Steel wool
  • Sandpaper (fine grit)
  • Acrylic-based patina solution
  • Soft-bristle brush
  • Lint-free cloth
  • Clear sealer

Preparing the Surface

Before applying the oil rubbed patina, it's crucial to prepare the surface properly. Follow these steps:

  1. Put on your gloves and protective eyewear to ensure safety throughout the process.
  2. Remove any existing finish or clear coat from the bronze door handle using acetone or mineral spirits. This step is important to ensure optimal adhesion of the patina solution.
  3. Once the handle is cleaned, use steel wool or fine-grit sandpaper to gently roughen the surface. This helps the patina solution adhere effectively.
  4. Wipe away any dust or debris using a lint-free cloth.

Applying the Patina

Now that the surface is properly prepared, it's time to apply the patina:

  1. Open the acrylic-based patina solution and stir it well to ensure even distribution of the color pigments.
  2. Using a soft-bristle brush, apply a thin layer of the patina solution to the bronze door handle. Ensure that the entire surface is covered.
  3. Allow the patina to dry according to the manufacturer's instructions. This typically takes several hours or overnight.
  4. If desired, apply an additional layer of patina to deepen the color and enhance the richness of the finish. Be sure to let each layer dry completely before proceeding.
  5. Once you achieve your desired patina effect, let the handle dry completely before proceeding to the next step.

Sealing the Finish

To protect the newly created patina and enhance its longevity, it's crucial to seal the finish:

  1. Choose a clear sealer that is specifically designed for metal surfaces.
  2. Apply a thin layer of the clear sealer to the bronze door handle using a soft-bristle brush. Ensure that the entire surface is covered.
  3. Allow the sealer to dry completely according to the manufacturer's instructions. This usually takes a few hours.
  4. Once the sealer is dry, gently buff the handle with a lint-free cloth to achieve a beautiful shine.

Caring for Your Oil Rubbed Patina

To maintain the beauty of your oil rubbed patina, follow these tips:

  • Regularly dust the handle using a soft, lint-free cloth.
  • Avoid using abrasive cleaners or scrubbers that may damage the patina.
  • If necessary, use a mild soap and water solution to clean the handle, followed by a thorough rinse and gentle drying.
  • Reapply a clear sealer every few years to protect the patina and maintain its luster.


Congratulations! You have learned how to create stunning oil rubbed patinas for your bronze door handles. With expert techniques and a little bit of patience, you can now elevate the beauty of your doors and make a lasting impression. At Flare Furnishings, we are dedicated to helping you create a space that reflects your unique style and taste. Explore our wide range of high-quality bronze door handles and embark on your journey to transform your home or office today!

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Dan O'Reilly
Thanks for sharing this helpful guide! Excited to try it out and enhance my door handles' aesthetic.
Oct 5, 2023