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Touching up Bronze Plating on Antique Clock
January 10, 2009
I have an antique clock that is/was bronze. It's not really in bad shape, but should be brought up to the standard of more attractive finish. I have used Brasso, Tarnite and Tarnaz. Can I get a Bronze touch up coating? Can it be re-plated bronze?
What do you recommend? It is an antique and the character of the clock will be destroyed if I re-plate it.
Clock repair - Laguna Woods, California
January 16, 2009
Hi, Ted. I'm not sure if you are saying that it was bronze plated or solid bronze. If solid bronze you should be able to buff it back to an appearance you are happy with. If plated, you can't get it back without sending it to a plating shop for replating, but you can look for a bronze-tone paint in a local hardware store for a dab here and there. Send a photo of it if you can.
Ted Mooney, P.E.
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