Re: Brass Monkey (update 7-24) Okay, finally got around to the patina on the frame and forks. It was a multi-step process. 1. The "secret sauce" It starts the rust on the bare metal, but more importantly it gives the paint an aged, grungy look. 2. Salt and vinegar is sprayed on and left to dry, and the frame is rinsed with water. Instant rust! 3. It is all steel wooled, which removes the loose rust. I then used commercially available gun blue to darken the metal. 4. I waxed it all, which not only protects the patina and paint, but also brings out the color. And gives a nice sheen! That's it for now. Once I get my "new" handlebars I'll install them with another stem which is a little rustier and switch to some black grips, and she'll be close to DONE.