Before applying antiquing solution to your tins some preparation is necessary to insure satisfactory results. Most tins are coated with a rust inhibiting material that must be removed. The simplest way to accomplish this is to scrub the tin thoroughly with fine steel wool dipped in mineral spirits. Rinse the tin well under warm water and blot dry. You must be careful not to touch the tin with bare hands, as the oil in your fingerprints will show through the antiquing.
Wearing eye protection and rubber gloves and working in a well ventilated area is important when applying the antiquing solution.
Apply the solution with a bristle brush, foam brush or rag. Work quickly to cover the entire tin solution to prevent a "blotchy" appearance. The tin's color should change very rapidly. After 10 to 15 minutes your tin should have an aged look.
Rinse well with water and wipe dry, if the color is suitable, the tin should be lightly oiled or waxed to prevent further rusting. Should more aging be required, simply recoat the tin with solution and let dry overnight. This will produce a coat of rust that can be removed to any depth by rubbing with steel wool and oil or mineral spirits. To prevent further rusting the tin should be washed in clear water, blotted dry and coated with light oil or paste wax.