When I purchased the product the first time it worked great. I was surprised such an effect could be had from a spray can. It reminded me of some of the unusual finishes that you get when woking in ceramics that you don't see until after something comes out of the kiln.
That initial purchase was years ago, and it left such a lasting memorable impression that I didn't hesitate to buy it again. The packaging had changed from the traditional looking spray can with a removable lid, to the smaller one that you remove the clip from, but I wasn't really concerned about the package.
I tested the paint in three different areas but since I was just applying the paint to areas that had a hammered finish, I was looking for a color match, on the three different textures on what I was refinishing and not really concerned with the finished product. As it turns out that was a huge mistake. Instead of the beautifully hammered looking finish I'd gotten years earlier, when the paint dried after this application I ended up with a flat, gray dull finish, which was disappointing to say the least, since I painted over a hammered finish to get there.
I'm utterly convinced that more than the packaging has changed since my previous purchase years earlier. I wrote the company about my experience, because I wanted to know it there was something I could have done differently, something other than follow the instructions. At the time I'd actually considered getting more paint and trying again.
Instead of answering my question they stated the obvious, that it should have worked given my test areas, but since the testing I did was for color matching, and surface proposes and seeing a hammered finish on top of an existing hammered finish would be near to impossible, the response I got was unreasonable. I completed the task at hand based off (1) previous experience with the product, (2) color matching, and (3) testing it on the three differently textured surface areas I was working with. After testing I regrettably pressed on confidently thinking things would be fine since paint often looks very differently after it dries.
When the paint dried it was flat, dull and not hammered looking at all. Since customer service implied that it should have worked, and didn't offer any further suggestions outside of the instructions, which I followed, and had done previously with success, their response came of seeming somewhat sarcastic and condescending. And that's fine because at this point I will not use or recommend this product ever again. Curiously enough they didn't even ask for the lot number off the can. Really?
After looking at the experience of others here, I'm convinced I am not alone and that the company is aware of the issue. And just incase you're wondering I shook vigorously, and prepped the area in accordance with the instructions. I might always wonder if I just got a bad batch, but I'm not willing to have my wallet hammered again to find out.
flat dull finish