Color animation issue

I have been trying to change the color from a gold to a copper to a stainless, and I have been on every tutorial and through the doc. and up and down this site. All I can manage is to permanently change the color. Is there specific steps that I need to take that I am some how missing or has change from a previous version of blender. I am using v. 2.69

You asked this same question yesterday. Once is enough, even if you don’t actually read any replies to your original posting