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Ruined oiled bronze bath faucet
December 16, 2008
My master bath sink faucet is a 10 year old, either oil rubbed bronze or roman bronze finish. The finish was stripped while trying to remove paint splatter. Is there a way that I can fix or reapply the finish, or is it better to have the faucet replaced?Megan Smith
Hobbyist - Dallas, Texas, USA
December 17, 2008
Hi, Megan. It's generally best to replace it unless you really enjoy metalworking. The first problem is you probably won't know what either the base metal or the finish is. Maybe it's real blackening on real bronze or brass, or maybe it's paint on plastic, or anything in between. If it was solvent based stripper (turpentine/mineral spirits), it shouldn't have hurt a metallic finish; but if it was a caustic stripper, it can attack the brass. Good luck with it.
Ted Mooney, P.E.
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