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topic 29604

Brass Bed, How Do I Add Character?



2004

I have a brass bed with clear lacquer finish, 25 years old. I would like to remove the clear lacquer finish and enjoy a brass finish with more character. How do I do this? Is this a bad idea?

Lois Anne Indorf
hobby - San Francisco, California


2004

Hi Lois Anne, you first need to Pumice [affil. link to info/product on Amazon] your bed and then polish it afterward (a car polish could do...). One thing though: don't pumice too much as you might go through the brass plating (if plating it is...)

Seb Sanchez
- Montpellier, France


2004

If the metal is magnetic it is probably plated brass on steel; if it is non-magnetic it is probably solid brass.

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Ted Mooney, P.E.
finishing.com - Pine Beach, New Jersey
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2004

What does it mean to pumice brass. I have two brass lamps with deep engraving on which I used Brasso [affil. link to info/product on Amazon], which I have made difficult to clean.

Gloria Rainier
- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


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2004

I'm not sure that I agree that pumice is the best way to remove lacquer; lacquer thinner [affil. link to info/product on Amazon] might be better in some cases. But to answer your question pumice is finely ground lava, an abrasive cleaner. It's available in powder, little sticks, and large blocks, and I think that that some cleaners like Bon-Ami [affil. link to info/product on Amazon] are essentially pumice in powder form. But it sounds like it would be unlikely to help you in cleaning out the engraved areas.

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Ted Mooney, P.E.
finishing.com - Pine Beach, New Jersey
Striving to live Aloha


2004

I recently brought a brass bed for my new home and I would like to restore it to a reasonable condition. It is two toned with a darker shade for the rails and a light shade for accents on the corners. I think the lighter shades are painted. There is small amounts of rust where some of the joints come together and the brass is very tarnished. I have tried the lemon/salt/water mix and Brasso and while it took the dirt off, I still have some tarnish and rust. It also revealed that there are spots where the entire finish has been scratched off (like where it was sitting up against a wall). Is there any thing I can do? Or should I just paint over it?

Thanks

Alecia Mullins
- Farmville, Vermont

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2004

I want to know how to age a brass plated headboard. I am also considering a painted finish to give it that cottage look.

Lisa Wantland
group home manager - Jefferson, North Carolina

Ed. note: Brass can be darkened with liver of sulfur, Lisa. But with plated brass you don't have much thickness to work with , so test it on a non-obvious spot, and even then there may be inconsistency problems.

Sourcing: Liver of Sulphur [affil. link to info/product on Amazon]
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