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Restoring brass handles/hardware on Antique Secretary Desk
My friend is restoring an old Antique Secretary for me, there are beautiful handles what we believe to be as brass that are tarnished. Tarn-X
[affil link] and polish have been ineffective to clean the tarnish. Should he have dipped them in vinegar [adv: vinegar in bulk on
Amazon] or ammonia as some would suggest before using the tarnish remover? Any assistance would be greatly appreciated. How then would they be sealed if we can get them shining again?
I would try more than one brand of store-bought brass cleaner/polish. If they don't work, then go on to vinegar and salt, but this is very aggressive. Is there a chance that these are not solid brass, but rather are brass plated and you are seeing the steel underneath rather than seeing tarnish?
Ted Mooney, P.E.
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finishing.com - Pine Beach, New Jersey
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