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Re: Brass and iron bed

Posted By: Bob Klein <bobklein1@cox.net> (ip68-14-178-254.pn.at.cox.net)
Date: 6/17/4 14:24

In Response To: Brass and iron bed (Candace Wagner)

Sounds like someone polished and lacquered the brass at some time, the shiney areas being where the lacquer is still on the metal. Maybe not. Usually beds of that era were not plated. It would have had either solid brass tubing or a sheet of thin brass wrapped around a steel core (most common). If there is a seam on the brass then you have the wrapped brass over steel, hence, the magnet will hold. Although the nail polish remover will work, it works because of the acetone in it. Just buy acetone, lacquer thinner, or non paste paint stripper to clean teh tubing. Once cleaned it will not be of even color, you can live with it till it catches up or clean the brass slightly with a MILD brass cleaner or get a bottle of household cleaning ammonia to even out the color and just wait for it to redarken.

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