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Refinishing brass plated coffee tables

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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, N.J., USA


Brass plating is a complex 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, Teds signature
Ted Mooney, P.E. RET
Pine Beach, New Jersey

First of two simultaneous responses -- (2007)


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 you dogs have any more accidents.

Gene Packman
process supplier - Great Neck, New York

Second of two simultaneous responses -- (2007)

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 :-)


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 I want to update with a bronze looking type paint and have the same problem with the brass and glass tables (a little outdated).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


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,
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Ted Mooney, P.E. RET
Pine Beach, New Jersey

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