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Anti-tarnish Brass Coating

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Our Company makes a line of giftware of teak(wood) which is embellished with brass motifs.

The brass tarnishes after a while and people do not have the time to clean these brass elements

Is there a plating process or coating that would make these products more user friendly without sacrificing that magical gleam of highly polished brass ?

Is gold plating in situ an option?

Gillian Bishop
- Port of Spain, Trinidad, West Indies


A very good clear lacquer type of organic coating is cheaper.

A nice gold plate is not terribly expensive and would certainly set it off from the competition. Many colors of gold are available as well as hardnesses.

James Watts
- Navarre, Florida


Dear Gillian ,

In situ plating of gold is probably your best option, unless you have a friendly electroplater who has an electrophoretic clear lacquer .

In - situ plating is known as Brush plating , and is a rapidly expanding area of metal finishing.


John Tenison-Woods
John Tenison - Woods
- Victoria Australia


There are many lacquers available that would do an excellent job in protecting the brass from tarnish.

Mints around the world use clear lacquers to protect the finish, and luster on proof grade coins for collectors.

Check out the suppliers listed at -- there are many that supply lacquers.

Trust this helps.

Ken Lemke
Ken Lemke
Burlington, Ontario, Canada



There is a process called Ti-Gold which is a titanium nitride on stainless steel that looks like brass and will not discolor or fade. If you need more information and or samples, please feel free to E-Mail me.


Bob Bramson
B&M Finishers / Prismatic Stainless Steel
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Kenilworth, New Jersey

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A clear lacquer would be the easiest way to protect your brass we also have gold tints you can add to the lacquer to obtain a "gold look".

Les Trinity
- Middlesex, New Jersey


Titanium gold, rose gold, brass, copper, black, brown, charcoal and bronze can be done to color stainless.

Michael Liu Taylor
Michael Liu Taylor
   specialty stainless steel distributor
Dallas, Texas


There are many safe copper/ silver inhibitors available. They are available in water and oil soluble form. There are also non-abrasive cleaners available. Indoors, they last for quite a while (years). They are not as effective as lacquer but tarnish can occur through imperfections in coatings and cleanup is very difficult.

Edward Kollin
- Scotch Plains, New Jersey

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