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Aging/tarnishing brass


I have a 100 year old item made of heavy brass which has been inadvertently polished and had the tarnish removed. I'd like to re-tarnish it. What is the most rapid method to get the tarnish back on?

William K. [last name deleted for privacy by Editor]
- Redwood City, California


How do I make brass tarnish ?

Keith M. [last name deleted for privacy by Editor]


Hi, William. Hello, Keith.

Please see our FAQ on Patination. I think it will help. But if you only want to darken the brass, you might simply try Brass Darkening Solution [linked by editor to product info at Rockler]. Good luck.

Ted Mooney, Teds signature
Ted Mooney, P.E.
Pine Beach, New Jersey
Striving to live "Aloha"


I polished the brass trim on antique bakers rack and realized I don't like it shiny after all. How can I accelerate its tarnish again? Desperate.....

Thank you,

Carolyn D [last name deleted for privacy by Editor]
- Peoria, Arizona, USA


Easy Off Oven Cleaner does a great job re-tarnishing brass. It is easy and quick!

Mary Staton Ward
- Burlington, North Carolina

August 14, 2010

Not a response, but a related question: If Easy-Off Oven Cleaner works well to re-tarnish brass, would it work as the initial tarnishing process?

Penny Nicholson
- Princess Anne, Maryland,USA

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