Rub n' Buff metallic wax. It comes in several different colors.
If I'm using Rub n' Buff on a relatively small area, like the arms or legs of a chair, the legs of a table, frames, hardware, etc. I'll just squeeze a big blob of Rub n' Buff on an old T-shirt and rub it on that way. Wait for it to dry, then go back and buff it with a clean cloth to make it shine. Usually this will do the trick on smaller areas.
On wood furniture, after applying it with a cloth as I mentioned above, if I ever run into the problem of the Rub n' Buff not looking solid enough (meaning you can kinda see through it to the wood) then, I'll use Liquid Deglosser to dilute the Rub n' Buff and paint it on.
I have found that Liquid Deglosser works better than paint thinner. Don't ask me why... it just does. No need to worry. It doesn't degloss your finish in the end. You can pick it up at Lowe's
Then you need a small glass cup and an artist brush.
This is how I do it. I use a small glass cup with a little deglosser poured in the bottom and a blob of Rub n' Buff on the side of the glass. I use an artist brush to apply it. I do it this way so I can better control the dilution process. It's important not to dilute too much! It won't turn out well if you do. I dip the side of my brush in the deglosser then rub it into the Rub n' Buff on the side of the cup, staying up out of the deglosser on the bottom. See how it is smeared all over the sides of the cup? That's the consistency you want, moist enough to smear around, but not runny enough to run down the cup. If it's dripping into the bottom then you are putting to much deglosser on your brush. It will evaporate so you need to work rather quickly. Paint away!
This is the less solid look I'm talking about, that can happen, when you rub it on with a cloth, The Rub n' Buff has not been diluted at all for the first image.
The picture below is how it looks when you brush it on using the diluted Rub n' Buff that I spoke about above See how much more solid it looks. You will probably have a few visible brush marks at this stage. Once it is dry buff it with a cloth SOFTLY.
After you have buffed it, you need to let it sit for a while (24 hours is best). Letting it sit a while helps when you apply the final coat. You don't have to wait but that's how I do it to avoid pulling up any of my first coat of Rub n' Buff.
After 24 hours... use a cloth this time. I use an old t-shirt. Apply a layer of Rub n' Buff sparingly to wherever you need more luster, or see brush strokes. Squeeze the Rub n' Buff onto the cloth before rubbing it onto the furniture. Rub LIGHTLY when applying the second coat and move fast. The amount of Rub n' Buff you use depends on the size of the piece you are working on. (Small blobs for smaller pieces, larger blobs for larger pieces) This is how it looks after applying a second layer of Rub n' Buff with a cloth. I added gold and silver for the final coat here. They have a very thick lustrous sheen.
When working on large furniture pieces, fill a spray bottle with Deglosser, spray the entire surface you are working on, then squeeze out large blobs of Rub n' Buff all over the area. Quickly rub the blobs together. Click here to see that "how to"
If you don't use the deglosser when doing large areas, you may end up with a splotchy looking finish.
(There is a way to avoid using deglosser on large areas, but it wastes a lot of Rub n' Buff, in my opinion. You would need to squeeze a ton of Rub n' Buff all over the surface and rub it all together and cover the entire surface, before it dries, which means you have to work quick!)
**Also, wear latex gloves to keep it off your hands, and it does stink so a paper mask from Lowe's works well. I even found a pack of 12 masks at the dollar store, oh and the spray bottle too. Go figure!
If you mess up with your Rub n' Buff you can use paint thinner/ Deglosser to remove it, or sand it, or paint over it and give it another go!
***DON'T USE THE PAINT TECHNIQUE ON LEATHER** just rub it on with a cloth undiluted.
I have also noticed that some of the colors are harder to work with than others. I haven't tried all the colors yet, but I'll try and put together another post to fill you in on all that too!
Hope this has helped! If you still have questions or are having trouble, feel free to give me a shout. Maybe I can help.
***UPDATE, UPDATE*** I've done a new post on the easiest way I have found to apply Rub n' Buff on large furniture (wood). Click here to view.
***UPDATE, UPDATE*** Also... spoke with the good people at Rub n' Buff and they advised that Rub n' Buff can oxidize and change color a bit when used in high humidity climates (like Florida). A sealer should be used, and a water based Varathane sealer was recommended . (However, I use spray Polyurethane, and have had no problems)
****UPDATE, UPDATE**** Also see Rub n' Buff Q & A