How to Distress and Rust Tin

People rust tin for a couple of reasons. Probably the most common reason is for art projects. Another reason is for experimentation. Because rust is a metal it corrodes under certain circumstances. Water, moisture and heat all contribute to the rusting process.

By subjecting a piece of tin to various conditions, you get rusted tin in a short amount of time.

  1. Scrub the tin with a steel wool pad or sandpaper. This roughens the surface of the tin and also removes any rust-proof coating. This step distresses the tin.

  2. Pour 2 ounces of hydrogen peroxide into a spray bottle. Spray the tin liberally. Sprinkle salt onto the tin. This starts the rusting process. Continue spraying with the solution to intensify the rusting effect.

  3. Mix 2 parts bleach and 1 part white or apple cider vinegar into a large glass container. Place the tin in the solution and leave it there for 30 minutes. Remove and let dry. Repeat the process until you have the rust effect you want. As a safety precaution, wear rubber gloves and have plenty of ventilation.

  4. Mix 1 pint hot water with 2 tablespoons table salt in a spray bottle. Shake well. Take the tin outside into the sun. Spray the tin several times throughout the day and every day until the tin has the amount of rust that you want.