Rub ‘n Buff

Rub ‘n Buff
A couple of weeks ago, the good folks over at Amaco sent me some Rub ‘n Buff samples to play with. Never having heard of Rub ‘n Buff, I was intrigued. I needed to get my hands on something to makeover, post haste!

As luck would have it, I had recently made a purchase of a gaudy gold framed mirror.



I wouldn’t even call that gold, I would call that, like, rusted mustard. I knew I wanted it in white, but after I painted it, it continued to sit in exile in the garage. It was still just missing something.

“Help, I’m boring!”

Β Enter the Rub ‘n Buff!

Rub ‘n Buff is a blend of carnuba waxes, metallic powders and pigments that create a finish you won’t find in regular paint.

Twelve shades to choose from β€” my mind, it boggled! There were five different shades of gold alone! But, since I was trying to de-gold-ify the mirror, I thought I’d try pewter (second from the left, and partially used as you can see… I got excited and took these pictures after the fact!)

The only bummer was that there weren’t explicit instructions for how to use it, other than, you know, “Rub” and “Buff,” so I just winged it (wang it? wung it? Holy wow, none of those words are making sense, I need a nap).

So I rubbed. I buffed. Actually, I first squeezed a tiny bit out on a toothbrush and worked it into all the little nooks and crannies. Then I buffed it up with this old washcloth while taking a picture of myself with crazy eyes.

It dries FAST, so there wasn’t a lot of wiggle room to adjust the color once it got on. A little bit went a long way, I probably didn’t even use 1/8 of the .5 oz tube for the entire mirror.

I must say I was pleased with the results. I was wanting to add more depth and character to the mirror and Rub ‘n Buff delivered, with a subtly glamorous sheen to boot.

So here she is!
Wait, one more look at the before:

Ta DA!

I think it turned out quite well! Check out for more info, or I’m pretty sure you can pick some up at places like Hobby Lobby and the like.
Thanks for reading friend, have a great weekend!


  1. May 7, 2010 / 3:04 PM

    I would love love love to try Rub and Buff! Hope I win. The mirror is outstanding, I can’t believe how great it turned out, it looks timeless!

  2. May 7, 2010 / 3:06 PM

    Your mirror looks amazing!

    I can think of several projects that would benefit from this stuff….

  3. May 7, 2010 / 3:07 PM

    Ooooohhhh, I must find some of this to take care of that bronze-ish looking mirror in my living room. Sick of the bronze! Love the way your mirror looks!

  4. May 7, 2010 / 3:08 PM

    Hootenanny! I’m sooooo glad you posted this! I have two old gold mirrors I saved from a house that was being gutted. They’ve been sitting there, sad, waiting for me to revive them. But I’ve had NO inspiration! But now… oh those mirrors are going to be happy;)

  5. May 7, 2010 / 3:09 PM

    I love that you “wung it”! I totally would have had the crazy eyes too πŸ™‚ I’d like to try this product on a couple frames and a mirror I’m working on for my new master bedroom. Have a great weekend.

  6. May 7, 2010 / 3:10 PM

    Wow! That looks fantastic. I have some end tables that could really use some rubbin’ and buffin’!

  7. May 7, 2010 / 3:10 PM

    The mirror looks great!

  8. May 7, 2010 / 3:13 PM

    What a great Mirror, I’d love to try that product.

  9. May 7, 2010 / 3:13 PM

    Oooh! that looks fantastic! I’ve got an old frame here that’s just waiting for me to try that stuff on!

  10. May 7, 2010 / 3:14 PM

    Mirror looks great! I can think of a TON of stuff I would use this on! πŸ™‚

  11. May 7, 2010 / 3:14 PM

    Wow that’s looks great, I would LOVE to try it!

  12. May 7, 2010 / 3:17 PM

    Looks great! Would love to try it.

  13. May 7, 2010 / 3:18 PM

    This is great! I have a very similar mirror in need of a makeover! Thanks for the giveaway!

  14. May 7, 2010 / 3:18 PM

    I love the results! I’d also love to try some myself πŸ™‚

  15. May 7, 2010 / 3:19 PM

    Wow! That looks terrific–I’d love to try it.

  16. May 7, 2010 / 3:22 PM

    It looks really good!! Great job Linz!

  17. May 7, 2010 / 3:24 PM

    The mirror looks great, would love to try it. Thanks so much!

  18. May 7, 2010 / 3:29 PM

    I love it! the mirror looks awesome and I would love to try that stuff!

  19. May 7, 2010 / 3:30 PM

    I hope this giveaway includes those of us from Australia!! Fingers crossed. The mirror looks amazing.

  20. May 7, 2010 / 3:35 PM

    That mirror is gorgeous! I wonder if that stuff would work on my kitchen cabinets I want to re-finish? It would be fun to try! πŸ™‚

  21. May 7, 2010 / 3:48 PM

    You were right! It does look like the exact mirror frame that I just painted hot pink! πŸ™‚ Love how it turned out!

  22. May 7, 2010 / 3:49 PM

    Pick me, PLEASE! Love your blog and love the mirror. Great work.

  23. May 7, 2010 / 3:51 PM

    Beautiful mirror! I just recently purchased a home and I always stop by your blog to see what fun things I can do with my new place. LOVE IT! Thanks! πŸ™‚

  24. May 7, 2010 / 3:54 PM

    I’ve never seen that product before but would absolutely LOVE the opportunity to try it out. I can already think of half a dozen projects it would be perfect for. THANKS for the great blog!

  25. May 7, 2010 / 3:57 PM

    LOVE IT!! & would LOVE to try it!!
    Fabulous blog BTW, …. I anxiously check it a few times a day to see new inspiration. And boy do I have ideas spinning.
    Thanks for being such so faithful in your posts…they always brighten my day.

  26. May 7, 2010 / 3:59 PM

    Love and Buff!!

  27. May 7, 2010 / 4:00 PM

    I hadn’t heard of this product but I’d love to try it out. The mirror turned out fabulous!

  28. May 7, 2010 / 4:01 PM

    I’ve been wanting to de-gold a mirror almost just like that one. This would be great!

  29. May 7, 2010 / 4:01 PM

    The mirror looks awesome!

    I have the perfect project for some Rub N’ Buff…hope I win!

  30. May 7, 2010 / 4:02 PM

    I love that the directions are pretty much rub & buff! The mirror looks so cool now. What neat stuff.


  31. May 7, 2010 / 4:02 PM

    The mirror looks really wonderful after. I have a project I want to try the Rub ‘n Buff on, but my local stores only carry the gold ones. I would love to try the Spanish Copper, Silver Leaf and Ebony, but I haven’t been able to find them unless I order online.

    Thanks for the opportunity to possibly win some.

  32. May 7, 2010 / 4:03 PM

    Love your choice of Pewter. I am going to have to go out and get some Rub and Buff… I have several projects that I could use the product. Tnaks for the information.

  33. May 7, 2010 / 4:06 PM

    Love your site and love the mirror… this could be the product to help me make over my recent $5 dresser find.

  34. May 7, 2010 / 4:16 PM

    That mirror turned out great!! I would love to give that stuff a try on one of the many projects on my to do list. Thanks for the chance!

  35. May 7, 2010 / 4:19 PM

    I need this! Thanks for posting!

  36. May 7, 2010 / 4:23 PM

    I’m feeling inspired. I have lots to do and haven’t had the motivation lately. You got me thinking!

  37. May 7, 2010 / 4:26 PM

    Omg I’m in love with that mirror!! Def will have to get some!!!

  38. May 7, 2010 / 4:30 PM

    Ok, can you say FABULOUS!! I love how it turned out!! I have never heard of this product…love it though!!

  39. May 7, 2010 / 4:34 PM

    I’ve used Rub N Buf, probably 40 years ago. Really! We did craft projects in teen church, it is a great product.

  40. May 7, 2010 / 4:34 PM

    Wow the mirror looks stunning πŸ™‚

    I would love to try that myself πŸ™‚

    Thanks for such a great giveaway

  41. May 7, 2010 / 4:37 PM

    Wow. It looks amazing. I would like to try some!

  42. May 7, 2010 / 4:38 PM

    That is SO what I need. I too have a burnt mustard mirror that I tried to de-gold and got the I’m boring result as well.

    Pick me, oh, please, pick me!

  43. May 7, 2010 / 4:46 PM

    Love it!!!! I would love it. I just redid a mirror with latex paint. I did I light gray over the whole thing and then a dark gray in the crannies. I love it! Your mirror looks SOO amazing with the sheen of the metallic paint!

  44. May 7, 2010 / 4:54 PM

    Your mirror looks amazing! Just the finishing touch it needed.

    I will definitely look into getting some of that. Unless I win some of course πŸ™‚

  45. May 7, 2010 / 4:54 PM

    Wow – that stuff’s pretty sweet! It really does add TONS of dimension to the frame! Love it!

  46. May 7, 2010 / 4:54 PM

    You have solved a mystery for me!
    I have a small mirror similar to the one you created in a bathroom. I have wanted to make a larger mirror for above the sink to match- but was clueless how to get the finish on something with so much detail. Abracadaba, you post about it.
    Thanks for the giveaway too. I hope I win.

  47. May 7, 2010 / 4:58 PM

    I have a couple of picture frames with the ugly gold like your mirror. I definitely will want to spray paint it and use some rub and buff on them!

  48. May 7, 2010 / 5:00 PM

    Your mirror looks great. I’m always interested in trying out a new product. Now, I just have to find some little trash to treasure item to try it on.

  49. May 7, 2010 / 5:05 PM

    That’s cool stuff. I’ve done that with straight paint before, but a wax? Never.

  50. May 7, 2010 / 5:05 PM

    Wow, that’s awesome! I would love to try it out. Thanks!

  51. May 7, 2010 / 5:06 PM

    I love how your mirror turned out!! Hope I win, I have lots of treasures to try this out on.!! Thanks.

    xmaswoman at hotmail dot com

  52. May 7, 2010 / 5:07 PM

    Wow that added so much to the mirror, it looks great LNDZ.

  53. May 7, 2010 / 5:09 PM

    I just did the same thing with a mirror but I don’t have the Rub n BUff…yet, to finish off the white that it is now. Here’s hoping I win!

  54. May 7, 2010 / 5:12 PM

    That mirror looks amazing. I just repainted a china cabinet in a pale grey that I wish had some oomph. The pewter you used may be just the thing I need. I’m going to have to check this stuff out.

    And thanks for the laugh … rusted mustard!!

  55. May 7, 2010 / 5:13 PM

    Oh wow! This is Super Duper! Pick me please!

  56. May 7, 2010 / 5:22 PM

    Gorgeous! (The “after” of course!)
    Would love to give it a try!!!

  57. May 7, 2010 / 5:26 PM

    Great job on the mirror! Would love to try Rub and Buff!

  58. May 7, 2010 / 5:27 PM

    Cool, I’d love to try that stuff!

  59. May 7, 2010 / 5:27 PM

    love the way it turned out! (fingers crossed)

  60. May 7, 2010 / 5:33 PM

    OMG! It turned out so good!! It’s gorgeous!

  61. May 7, 2010 / 5:50 PM

    pick me! the mirror looks great!

  62. May 7, 2010 / 5:55 PM

    Wow, I’m intrigued. I totally want to try that stuff.

  63. May 7, 2010 / 5:56 PM

    That sounds like some fun transformation stuff!

  64. May 7, 2010 / 5:58 PM

    I am so excited about this post. I have a huge ornate mirror (very similar to yours) that is very old vintage needing a new facelift. It sits against a wall in my LR and now I know just what I am going to do with it. So I hope I win! This would be the best! Thanks for this post and a chance to win!

  65. May 7, 2010 / 6:12 PM

    Woo Hoo…sign me up! Love that mirror.

  66. May 7, 2010 / 6:23 PM

    Rub and buff. Sounds REALLY FUN. Oh wait, maybe I was thinking of something else.

  67. May 7, 2010 / 6:30 PM

    The mirror turned out lovely. Thanks for posting the steps, it seems pretty easy and a fast craft project.

  68. May 7, 2010 / 6:30 PM

    Wow, that really turned out great! Nice job. πŸ™‚

  69. May 7, 2010 / 6:31 PM

    Wow, that stuff really works. I would love to win some! Hugs, cindy s

  70. May 7, 2010 / 6:32 PM

    i would love to try a new product!

  71. May 7, 2010 / 6:32 PM

    The pewter makes it so much more interesting (and expensive) than it looked in plain white.


  72. May 7, 2010 / 6:49 PM

    It really does give it a finish that you can’t recreate with regular paint! Looks great, and I love, love, love this site! Keep it up woman!

  73. May 7, 2010 / 6:57 PM

    ROFL! Rusted Mustard. That would be an awesome name for a band.

  74. May 7, 2010 / 7:15 PM

    That is a beautiful mirror! Rub and Buff, here I come!

    BTW I love “rusted mustard”

  75. May 7, 2010 / 7:19 PM

    Looks like fun! I’d love to try it.

  76. May 7, 2010 / 7:19 PM

    This looks so much better/easier than watering down black pain like I usually do! I would love to try it out! Thanks for the giveaway!

  77. May 7, 2010 / 7:22 PM

    I’ve got a funky old frame that I was wanting to spruce up….this Rub & Buff stuff sounds like my friend.
    Great job on getting rid of old caked on gold mustard!

  78. May 7, 2010 / 7:25 PM

    What a difference it made to the mirror …I love it. Thanks for the chance to win!

  79. May 7, 2010 / 8:07 PM

    That is exactly what that mirror needed! Great advertising..I would’ve never known about this product! Can’t wait to try it!

  80. May 7, 2010 / 8:14 PM

    Looks great! I have tried one of the gold just to highlight as I never saw a selection that large at Hobby Lobby!!! Will have to see if I can find some other finishes!!! Or maybe I can win some!!! Have a great weekend!

  81. May 7, 2010 / 8:22 PM

    So cute!! Thanks for the rub and buff tip.

  82. May 7, 2010 / 8:22 PM

    Oh awesome results!!! I can’t get Rub and buff where I live sigh..will have a look at ebay πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing!

  83. May 7, 2010 / 8:29 PM

    What a great transformation. I love it!!! My mom has a mirror that’s practically a twin to yours before, that she’s had forever. I definitely need to show her this post!

  84. May 7, 2010 / 9:10 PM

    Love the mirror result. Who wouldn’t want some Rub n Buff!

  85. May 7, 2010 / 9:29 PM

    Okay , I have a mirror just like this that needs some rub and buff.

    I’m thinking it would be divine intervention if I won this because I probably can’t get rub and buff in the Southern Hemisphere …and we dont have Hobby Lobby either…sob

  86. May 7, 2010 / 9:31 PM

    Got an Ethan Allen maple mirror that needs a lift as well as grandma’s old picture that has faded…. think a little rub-n-buff could change these into beauties? I hope so.

  87. May 7, 2010 / 9:43 PM

    How does it work on humans and animals? I have a cat next door that needs a new refreshing look. See now, if I win you’ll have PETA after you. πŸ™‚
    Looks great.

  88. May 7, 2010 / 10:08 PM

    Awesome product! Sure wish I had that today for a little spray painting project I did.

  89. May 7, 2010 / 10:18 PM

    Awesome job! I didn’t know what was in store for that mirror, but it really turned out great! I’m definitely impressed! I am eager to try it and would love a freebie!!! πŸ™‚

  90. May 7, 2010 / 11:25 PM

    I love this! So glad you posted it so I could find it!!

    I do SOOO many touch ups and paint jobs to sell consignment.. and this is just what I need! I hope I win!!

    Love your mirror! πŸ™‚

  91. May 8, 2010 / 12:03 AM

    That was the perfect touch for your mirror! It is beautiful!

  92. May 8, 2010 / 12:04 AM

    Awesome! Looks fantastic!

  93. May 8, 2010 / 12:06 AM

    Sign me up!! Love cool!!

  94. May 8, 2010 / 12:17 AM

    That is some serious DIY coolness. I’d love some to try.

    πŸ™‚ Laura

  95. May 8, 2010 / 12:25 AM

    I would LOVE to try this! I’ve got a couple of projects just waiting for something like this!

    Great job on the mirror!

  96. May 8, 2010 / 12:29 AM

    Looks FABULOUS β™₯ Ive GOT to try that stuff!

  97. May 8, 2010 / 12:49 AM

    What cool stuff! My friend Christie and I would have a heyday! Great job on the mirror!

  98. May 8, 2010 / 1:00 AM

    Oh, I have wanted to try Rub n Buff for soooo long, I hope I win, I hope I win!!!

  99. May 8, 2010 / 1:17 AM

    Oooh! I LOVE how it turned out! Definitely a major improvement!

  100. May 8, 2010 / 1:42 AM

    Not 30 minutes ago I was looking at the metal tiles above my couch and wondering if I should try that “rub and buff stuff” I’ve been reading about on my favorite decorating blogs. That mirror looks amazing, and I’m feeling it’s meant to be!

  101. May 8, 2010 / 1:55 AM

    Love the stuff

  102. May 8, 2010 / 2:01 AM

    The mirror turned out GORGEOUS! I love the finish you went with- I think the pewter with the white looks great.

    I’ve never even heard of Rub n’ Buff, and would loooove to try it!


  103. May 8, 2010 / 2:21 AM

    your mirror turned out beautiful. definately not boring! i love that color, pewter.

  104. May 8, 2010 / 2:21 AM

    That mirror looks amazing, love it!!! I would love to try some rub n’ buff!
    Thanks! πŸ™‚

  105. May 8, 2010 / 2:28 AM

    Love it! I also love that you said it dries fast! I am not a “wait 4 hours to dry” kind of girl. I’ve actually been known to pay my 10 year to hold a fan on freshly painted projects just so they dry faster (terrible I know) but a girls gotta do what a girls gotta do! πŸ˜‰ So the quick dry time is a bonus for me! Your mirror turned out awesome!!!

  106. May 8, 2010 / 2:31 AM

    Rusted mustard, lol!!

    It looks awesome now!!

  107. May 8, 2010 / 2:51 AM

    that looks fantastic! makes me want to rehab an already rehabbed mirror i got from the GW.

  108. May 8, 2010 / 3:06 AM

    I have a similar mirror in our small bathroom. I have been wondering how too refinish it. I MUST try this stuff. Thanks for the idea!

  109. May 8, 2010 / 3:20 AM

    I love that stuff. Mirror looks great!

  110. May 8, 2010 / 3:24 AM

    I love how something old and outdated can look so modern and chic– with simply a color change! Amazing. Good work. It looks like a million bucks!

  111. May 8, 2010 / 3:30 AM

    Looks like fabulous stuff! Would love to win it.

  112. May 8, 2010 / 4:01 AM

    I am so excited – I have never heard of this stuff but it looks amazing!! What a good job you did!!!

  113. May 8, 2010 / 4:02 AM

    Your mirror is beautiful now. Good choice on the pewter color.

  114. May 8, 2010 / 4:09 AM

    OOOH WHOA Lovin this mirror!! Nicely done lady!

  115. May 8, 2010 / 1:16 PM

    First time to your blog! Love it πŸ™‚ Count me in for the giveaway!

  116. May 8, 2010 / 1:39 PM

    I could find so many uses for Rub and Buff – I’d love to get a chance to try it out!
    – Danielle
    other-option AT hotmail DOT com

  117. May 8, 2010 / 2:34 PM

    Looks Great! I’d love some rub n’ buff.

  118. May 8, 2010 / 2:45 PM

    I have a recently painted Heirloom white statue that is soo needing Rub n Buff!

  119. May 8, 2010 / 3:20 PM

    That looks great! I need some of that stuff. I am working with some old glaze that really isnt a great color!!

  120. May 8, 2010 / 3:38 PM

    Whoever wants to affiliate with my blog or for us to follow each other’s blogs on Blogger, let me know! I’m willing to return the favor, I mean we could all use some more traffic & readers on our blogs.

  121. May 8, 2010 / 3:59 PM

    Super!! The mirror sure looks better after.

  122. May 8, 2010 / 5:51 PM

    What a great product!

  123. May 8, 2010 / 6:54 PM

    OK, I’m thinking of about….4,337 projects that I can use this on. Maybe I DON’T want to win?! Ha! No, really — I do!!! Beautiful mirror – classic!

  124. May 8, 2010 / 8:57 PM

    I’ve heard of this product and would LOVE to have a chance to try it out! Thanks for the opportunity!

  125. May 8, 2010 / 9:48 PM

    This is so cool–am looking for jsut hte right thing to re-do a mirror for my bathroom–perfect!!!
    Ok, now pickk meee!!! :))

  126. May 8, 2010 / 10:05 PM

    I am a little new to this crafty home decorating stuff so I’d love to try anything new I could get my hands on! (Wish I’d known about your site a few months ago I would have taken pictures of my re-do making a boring wooden dresser into a glorious green one!) What a great site, keep up the good work.

  127. May 8, 2010 / 10:39 PM

    I’ve been looking for a product like this, thanks!

  128. May 8, 2010 / 11:22 PM

    Wow- the mirror turned out great. I enjoy seeing all the before and after pictures that you post. Most are truly amazing transformations. Nancy

  129. May 9, 2010 / 12:51 AM

    That looks cool!

  130. May 9, 2010 / 1:09 AM

    Looks fab! I’d love to try out some Rub and Buff!

  131. May 9, 2010 / 3:25 AM

    I own that mirror. It’s hanging in the room with all old gold/mustard stuff that just has to go. Or be painted by this awesome stuff! Send me some, please!

  132. May 9, 2010 / 6:47 AM

    I am so excited! Have been doing some projects of my own, and am LOVING this blog! I just found it! Thanks for the idea with “Rub n’Buff”!

  133. May 9, 2010 / 5:07 PM

    ooo!! ooo! pick me!! pick me! I would make you proud with the ways I put this stuff to work!!
    Your mirror looks fantastic.The nooks and crannies were definitely plentiful!

  134. May 9, 2010 / 5:12 PM

    great mirror! would love to try the goo!

  135. May 10, 2010 / 12:24 AM

    oh my…

    that before and after are like night and day. what a fabulous transformation. i never heard of this rub and buff stuff before but must find it soon. i have several things that could use a ‘touch’ of this stuff. =]

    Amy Wilges

  136. May 10, 2010 / 3:13 AM

    That turned out really well! I have never seen that product before… hoping to get a chance to try it out. Nudge nudge.

    madincrafts at hotmail dot com

  137. May 10, 2010 / 5:04 AM

    LOOKS FABULOUS!!! Your post made me giggle. Would love some Run and Buff!

  138. May 10, 2010 / 5:21 AM

    That is so cool! First time seeing this product!

  139. May 10, 2010 / 5:39 AM

    Oh this would be perfect for a project that I have been putting off. I hope I win. Mirrors looks lovely πŸ™‚

  140. May 10, 2010 / 6:53 AM

    That looks awesome! I hope I win some!! If not, I will be running out to buy it!

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