In the first photo, you'll see the original items (clear plastic man, red giant checker, and plastic castle tower from a child's toy) and then one with one coat of the metal finishing on it. I used the clear primer from the same company first, which creates a surface that the dark painted on metal adheres well to.
More plastic items with the metal surfacer coating on them.
Here are some pieces in the process of "rusting" The rusting solution is applied after the metal surfacer (usually 2 coats) is completely dry. Sometimes if I don't get quite as much rust as I would like, I reapply the rusting solution again. It can take several hours for this part of the process to complete itself.
Since the dark metal surfacer actually contains metal filings, what you are getting is really rust, not just a look-alike.Gorgeous fall photos to follow.