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Re: restoring antique metal lamp base

Posted By: James Schooley <furnitureissues@earthlink.net> (0-1pool247-165.nas2.sioux-city1.ia.us.da.qwest.net)
Date: 9/7/4 23:11

In Response To: restoring antique metal lamp base (Kristi)

Go to Kovel's .com to see if what you have is a REAL antique, if so don't do anything till a conservator has a look to see if you are destroying an original finish. I think you may need to ask a metal plater for a real plateing job, but the do-it your-self can be as follows, for the cheep at heart. You can safely remove rust from intricate steel casting with a metal pail and a battery charger. Place the rusty piece in the water so that it is covered completely. Place the negative clamp on the lamp and the posetive clamp onto the outside edge of the pail. Since a 12 volt charger does not carry enough power to shock one, there is no danger, just keep the charger from any water. Check every couple hours, and replace the water as it gets scuzzy. When all looks good wipe dry and coat the metal with WD40, this will replace the water that is on the metal and keep fresh rust from reforming. You can try to replace the old color with a tinted lacquer such as minwax sells. It is possible to get a close resemblance to the original colors of the metal finish. Clean off the WD40 first with a solvent like acetone, buff the shine back with a jewlers rouge and a cotton buffing wheel, prime with a clear brass lacquer first, then tint, then clear lacquer again for a top finish. Buff with 0000 if a buffed sheen is needed.

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