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Cleaning and Polishing Bronze sailboat hardware
I am restoring a forty year old sailboat with many bronze cast and machined pieces of hardware that have a greenish black patina. What would be a good cleaner to clean and polish the bronze up? Also, is there a product or products that would help to keep the bronze shiny?
- Cincinnati, Ohio
I find a polish called "Porter's Friend" works great on brass.
- Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
I too am bringing back an older beauty with tons of bronze. I have tried just about everything that I can get my hands on. In so far as products are concerned, I have found that
3M's marine metal polish and restorer is one of the best, a little expensive but a small bit goes a long way. Also, a product called Nevr-Dull
[affil link], sort of a cotton wadding with a bit of solvent in it works well.
All of the products I have tried require one user input, a lot of elbow grease. When you get to a piece that seems particularly stubborn, try a very fine wet sandpaper, 400 to 600 grit.
- Sooke, British Columbia, Canada
May 11, 2010
Where does one buy Porter's Friend product?craig maurer
- massillon, ohio
Ed. note: it's a product of North American Polish Co., Birmingham, MI.
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