When I paint I get really messy hands. Often, I wipe paint off with my hands instead of a rag.
This picture is "before".
Those bars are metal. I lightly swiped paint on them. The rust will come back through the paint.
Also, I only swiped a little bit of paint on all of the metal latches.
Robin wanted them to look old and rust does look old.
First, I scraped off as much of the flaky paint as I could. I left the rest of the old paint on for the texture and I knew it would show through the new paint as I wiped it off.
I used exterior flat paint. I painted a little on and immediately rubbed it off with a rag. And, kept doing that until all was painted.