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February 15, 2022

Q. Where are places that do replating of large items?


WR Lemon
- Miami, Florida

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Ed. note: As always, gentle readers, technical replies in public and commercial replies in private please ( huh? why?)

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Q. We are a retired couple who have 2 dogs and 7 brass & glass plated coffee tables. Unfortunately our dogs urinated on several of the tables and totally discolored the bottom parts of the legs. We love these tables and have tried, without success, to replace them as they coordinate with the balance of our furnishings. Is there any way we can refinish the brass plating so as to restore it so that it will look fairly decent. We would like to do this ourselves and would appreciate any help you can give us. Many thanks.

Joyce Jacobus
retired homeowner - Branchburg, New Jersey, USA


A. Brass plating is an industrial process that requires the use of highly poisonous cyanide, Joyce. It is not something you can do yourself. You can either find a paint with a look that you find 'good enough' or you can send the parts out to a plating shop for real brass plating. Good luck.

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

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A. Joyce,

Ted is quite right in all respects. One alternative he did not mention is taking the tables to a powder coater. Some of the powder coat finishes can give a reasonable imitation brass and would prove more durable than other finishes if your dogs have any more accidents.

Gene Packman
process supplier - Great Neck, New York


A. It will be a waste of time till you train or get rid of the dogs.

James Watts
- Navarre, Florida

Ed. note: uh-oh . . . shades of 12044 :-)


Q. Can the brass be painted? Do you have to sand? I want to update with a bronze looking type paint and have the same problem with the brass and glass tables (a little outdated).

Suzette Herley
- La grange, Illinois USA


A. You don't "have to" sand, but you need a surface that is really clean and free of oxides -- and sanding may be the easiest way to get it that way.

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

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