Experience with Nikolas spray

Anyone use Nikolas spray to keep (prolong) a blackened finish on

Anything I should know about using it on rings?


Nikolas lacquers are great products but I believe you will be
disappointed in any coating on a ring. There is just too much
abrasive wear with rings and nothing will last for any reasonable
length of time if the ring is worn daily.

James Binnion
James Binnion Metal Arts

It’s a great metal spray. However, when sprayed, the oxidation and
the exposed silver does not look as rich & sharp. I use it under
transparent stones on the silver table in rings before I bezel set;
mask what you don’t want sprayed, spray about 10-12" away, making
sure you get it in the opening; let it dry (a whole 5 min. or so) and
you’ve protected the silver from tarnishing under the stone. Always
glimmers back at you. A great jewelry artist uses hyxtal epoxy, but
it takes 24 hours to cure before setting. And it’s VERY expensive. So
Nikolas is a great alternative when you don’t need to epoxy surfaces
for joining. Test it on an oxidized surface before you do the real
thing. You’ll see what I mean. Note: it does not render silver
surfaces scratchless.

Kay Taylor

I’m a fan of Nikolas spray but I’ve only used it on copper which I
have patinated with heat and on prisma colored items. So far no
customer has returned anything and I’ve been using it for a couple of
years. I have only used it on earrings and pendants - nothing that
gets a lot of wear like a ring. I spray about 3 fine layers on each

I once took a workshop where the teacher used it on bi-metal
(copper/sterling) pieces and the copper had been blackened so it
must work well for blackened finishes as well.


If the can hasn’t been used in a while or is new, it’s important to
clear the nozzle by turning the can upside down and spraying it for a
few seconds before applying it to your piece. Not doing so can create
a fogged coating pieces that have to be cleaned and re-lacquered

I’ve used it to coat the insides of lockets that have been patinated
and also on etched copper/silver bi-metal. It really deepens the
oxidized copper and heightens the contrast between the two metals.
The wear on bracelets and rings, however, makes the lacquer rub off
in some areas and not others, leaving an unattractive mottled effect.

Victoria Lansford