1) Be sure to use a soft cloth. Stiff brushes, scouring pads and other scratchy tools can damage the copper and brass.

7. When you're done, give the brass a really thorough rinse. Make sure there's no paste left over and then dry it with a clean dry towel.

Gloria, they probably rubbed the lacquer off of it. Just polish (in the manner explained in the article above) and relacquer. Should be a breeze.

There are a few areas of concern that you should be aware of when it comes to cleaning and polishing brass:

A simple, homemade paste of vinegar, salt and flour, and a lot of elbow grease, can remove tarnish from brass. Any mild acid and abrasive will work, so lemon juice can be used instead of vinegar and cream of tartar or baking soda can be used instead of salt. There are also a number of commercial brass cleaners and polishes available.

I work in a hotel and the elevator are lined in brass someone went and scrubbed it with something now it is dull in that spot how do I make it shine again

debi, brass doesn’t rust and bronze may get a patina similar to what happens to copper, but it’s easily removable. Are you sure your sculpture is brass/bronze? Is it possible that it’s just plated and some of the plating has been somehow removed to expose a different kind of metal beneath?

Brass has slowly been making its way into interiors again as a trendy sheen to accent accessories. And since this was a popular edition to home decor years ago, it's not unheard of to find good deals on brass objects while thrifting. But if your new-to-you brass accessory or furniture piece has loss its brassy bite, you might need to clean it up. We've got the step-by-step guide to cleaning brass using only two natural ingredients you probably already have on hand!

3. Continue to work the lemon all around the piece until it is clean.

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Mix baking soda and white vinegar together to create a paste. It'll fizz for a minute, but will quickly settle down. Then, rub the paste into the copper or brass object that you wish to clean, using your hands or an old toothbrush.

The andirons are going in the fireplace so I elected for no coating. Also this is not an instructable about coating after polishing. I will, however, give you ...

Will, do you know if the table is lacquered?

This is a very strange way to clean brass. I have to ox bells that went around the Oxs neck,after a lot of years around the oxs neck the bells ended up like a mirror. L.Nichols

This is the step is dirty, hardest part, in this you get the gross stuff of and get down to the metal. For an example I will uses ...

Luster Copper/Brass Cleaner, on the other hand, is fairly easy to find in the US. It too is an environmentally friendly brass cleaner and uses no petroleum distillates. Its non-scratch formula restores shine to brass almost instantly.

4. Rinse under warm water and you're all set! Can you see yourself smiling in your reflection?

Several brands of polish … see the steps that follow. Very fine steel wool Grade 00 or finer. Soft cloths Something to polish

I have abraded (150 & 300 grit) and polished (green & blue compound) the brass plates for my narrowboat. What can I use to degrease it before lacquering – are there any household products I can use (white spirit, acetone, WD40 – please don’t laugh!)

There are numerous ways to clean solid brass. Your approach should depending on the level of dust, dirt, or tarnish that has built up. Here are a few tips and techniques:

Brass items can be made of either solid brass or brass-plated steel. A magnet will stick to brass-plate but not solid brass.

While copper tarnishes over time, fortunately, you can return copper products to their original shine at home. Here are some of the best ways to clean copper:

2. Using the lemon as a scouring pad, begin to work it all around the piece, lightly squeezing the juice as you go. The slightly abrasive salt will begin to work away the tarnish.

The pictures show how some other objects turned out.  I sometimes like the look best about a month after polishing when there is a very fine layer of ...

Like any metal, brass can become dull and tarnished over time. However, with only a little bit of knowledge—and some elbow grease, too—you can keep your brass accents polished and shining. In fact, many common cleaning products are already in your kitchen cabinets!

Thanks for the detailed info but i also want to learn how to clean brass-plated steel.. If rusted, how to remove it without damaging the plate? And can i use gun oil for preservation? Thanks

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If a magnet sticks to it, it's plate. If it doesn't, it's solid copper or brass. Why does this matter? Because plate is just a thin layer over some other type of metal, you'll need to be extra careful that you don't wear off the plate with all of your polishing. That may not be an issue this time, but with repeat cleanings it could be.

Like pewter, brass is also an alloy. Brass is made of copper and zinc, and is used to make many different items – everything from doorknobs to musical instruments!

You can buy commercial copper products to achieve shiny results, but if you don’t have time to go to the shops, then there are also household products that can effectively clean copper. Believe it or not, the vinegar in tomato ketchup will help clean copper and brass, too! Just remember to test any cleaning product in a small area first, and to read the directions on the label before using.

Go for it, Collin! Just remember, if you lacquer them, they won’t be able to oxidize and they’ll stay the color they are before lacquering.

5. Use a soft cloth and apply the paste. Gently work it into the brass. I got the best results when I rubbed the paste gently in one direction. (In the end I mostly used my fingers)

The Big Picture There is more to polishing brass than just the polishing. Just what you are polishing can make a big difference. Many brass items are coated ...

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Hi where O’ where can I buy Q2 Brass Cleaner, I once used it and found it to be brilliant. But alas I now can not find it for sle here in the UK.

6. Rinse off the paste and dry. Reapply and repeat the process as and where necessary.

The acetic acid in the vinegar and the sodium in the baking soda work together to dissolve the tarnish. And the baking soda provides just the right amount of grit to scrub all that tarnish away, without scratching the surface of the piece that you're cleaning.

4) This homemade polish can also be used to clean bronze.

Can you help I’m cleaning a brass fender as I tried a magnet and it fell off, so I believe therefore it’s brass but it’s very old and I believe it has been lacquered . It also has green re nets of a cleaning solution o some of the ornate scrolls (bras so) maybe. It has been washed all down ,but it’s a large item. Can I re-lacquer it . .? I’m doing it for my friend as a surprise

1. Check to see if it's really brass First off you'll probably want to know if you're actually working with brass. This might seem obvious but old brass can get pretty dirty and I'm not expert enough to pick fakes or brass plating. So if like me you're not 100% sure grab a magnet from your fridge and see if it sticks. If it does you'll want to stop right here and do some more investigating. If it doesn't you're probably looking at some really dirty brass.