Antique Finishing a Chess Set

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A quick and cheap way to make a chess set look great.

After casting your 32 piece chess set you can spend days painting each piece or you can create a lovely finish on a chess set within an hour (excluding drying time).
  • Polish each piece with steel wool gently.
  • Paint each piece with black gloss paint mixed with thinners or follow the guide in this video which involves a bucket and a chip strainer.
  • Let the paint soak in for about 5 minutes.
  • Wipe off the pieces with a clean cloth dampened with thinners.  Leave some of the paint (to your own level of taste) in the recesses to add contrast.
  • Leave dry for about 12 hours.
  • Polish each piece with more steel wool or brass brush. Be careful not to remove details.
  • You can paint the edge of their bases with an oil or acrylic paint to distinguish each side. If using Oil paint you will need to leave it on the metal for about another 12 hours before handling, perhaps longer.
  • Get creative with this process, undercoat the figures with a different colour or use a different colour of paint for the opposing side.
  • Remember, you can always remelt the figures and remake them so experiment to your heart's content.
  • I recommend adding Prince August's felt bases to the ends of each metal piece so they don't scratch any chess boards they are placed on.
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