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New life for weathered brass fittings?

Discussion in 'Decorating and Painting' started by btb23, 15 Aug 2009.

  1. btb23

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    Is there anyway I can apply a finish to give this door handle, lock barrel and letterbox a new life as I'm going to repaint the door and would like them to look better than they do. I'd be happy to replace them but they are unusual and I haven't found exact replacements.

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    Any paint or other method I can use that will spruce them up and give a finish that will look good and will pass inspection from my better half, ie that doesn't look like it's been painted!
     
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    they are probably brass that has been lacquered to prevent tarnish

    take them off and remove the remaining lacquer with paint stripper

    polish with duraglit or with metal polish (use a toothbrush for crevices)

    polish clean with a soft cloth and remove all traces of polish with warm water and washing up liquid

    polish again with your cloth

    re-lacquer (if you warm them first it will flow better)

    allow lacquer to harden fully before refixing

    if you like polishing brass weekly, you can leave unlacquered
     
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    yes

    you can also get it in hardware shops and DIY sheds

    p.s. do the back first

    then make a support so that the edges are not touching the table
     
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    The best lacquer to use is the spray stuff you use on cars.
     
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    Thank you both very much for the tips, much appreciated. I tried a test patch, just rubbed a bit down with Brasso to see how it went, looking good.

    Job will get done now, thanks again.
     
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    didn't aggie and what's-her-name clean brass with a mix of vinegar and something? just slopped it on and left it for 5 mins..
     
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    I didn't see that, but a bit of googling suggests soaking or rubbing with a mixture of white vinegar, salt and lemon juice or tomato/Worcester sauce or coca cola.

    I see the getting the old lacquer off as the worst bit, then any number of options to polish up to a clean shine before spraying on the lacquer...almost sound like I know what I'm doing!
     
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    you can rub it with turf, coca-cola or parafinn and whiting if you want, but metal polish will be easier, quicker, better. Brasso liquid is a bit abrasive so will reduce out scratches, the cotton wadding like duraglit will put a brilliant shine on and remove tarnish.
     
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    The bit I tested with Brasso wadding came up a treat, so would agree with you, though I need to get some paint stripper to get the old lacquer off before continuing. I also soaked part of the handle in white vinegar as a test and it did seem to clean up the brass which had had the lacquer weathered off, maybe it's worth doing that prior to metal polishing.

    I can't finish this off until later in the week, though thank you very much for the tips and advice. I really did think these parts were done for, I'm pleased they can be cleaned up and should look good as new if I take care to do it right.
     
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