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Re: Cleaning brass hardware

Posted By: Greg Scholl <beatkat@adelphia.net> (67-22-200-210.albyny.adelphia.net)
Date: 6/15/5 08:45

In Response To: Cleaning brass hardware (Beth Beckerman)

Hi Beth..the hardware probably has a finish on it...most of the time Brass is lacquered to keep it from tarnishing, but that only lasts so long. You'll need to strip the brass with a stripper, I like Citrustrip. Paint a fairly heavy coat on the hardware and walk away for 15-20 mins.....come back and add another coat and walk away for another 3-5mins. and then scrub the hardware clean with 000-0000 steel wool and dry thoroughly. wash them down with some mineral spirits after they dry from the stripper and now try your brass polish, it should work alot better. It's a good idea to recoat the brass with a brass lacquer or a gloss clear enamel like Krylon's after polishing. Be sure to wipe the hardware down with some mineral spirits again after polishing to clean off any residues...and handle the hardware with gloves so as not to get any sweat or finger oils on it and give it a few coats of finish, making sure to spray it on thick enough to make it flow out and result in a smooth film as you don't want to have to do anything else to it after spraying...

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