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Field finishing a new bronze door


Q. What should I use to 'finish' a brand new bronze (CDA 385) door/entry set? I've been told to clean it first with Brass-o, then apply 3 coats of Incralac. Suggestions?

Thomas U. [last name deleted for privacy by Editor]
- Mobridge, South Dakota


A. Dear Thomas,

Since the doors are brand new, did the manufacturer already apply a clear coat? Check with them and see, if so, you should be okay for awhile. If not, Brasso [linked by editor to product info at Amazon] or another polishing compound would work fine, but before applying the clear coating, you need to chemically clean (Acetone [linked by editor to product info at Amazon]) the door and remove all traces of the polishing compound. I think Incralac is an acrylic lacquer, this would not last too well on areas that will be handled, such as doorknobs or pulls. A nitrocellulose lacquer sprayed as a base coat and then top coated with the acrylic lacquer would give you the best durability there.

Good luck,

Jake Koch
G. J. Nikolas & Co., Inc.
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Bellwood, Illinois
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April 3, 2014

thumbs up signHey Thomas, How is your brass looking? Just ran across this post.

Dave Nowlan
- cotopaxi, Colorado usa

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