Removing Heavy Brass Oxidation
I am trying to clean heavy oxidation(thirty years worth)from various brass parts on a boat. Most of the pieces can't be removed. I have tried quite a few of the standard products, Brasso, Flitz, Bar Keepers Friend, but the results are minimal.
Do you know of any products or methods that will speed up my work?Seth Anderson
- Seattle, Washington, USA
I, too, am having trouble removing oxidation from a pair of floor style candle holders. The only thing that I have found that will remove it (and this takes a lot of time) is fine steel wool [linked by editor to product info at Rockler]. Most people do not understand that oxidation is not like tarnish. Brasso [linked by editor to product info at Amazon], etc. will not remove oxidation. After using steel wool, I then use Brasso, etc. to polish. If you hear of something better, please publish on internet. I will be watching.Betty T. Caton
- Knoxville, Tennessee, USA
August 18, 2009
Hi, folks. Although it's very easy on people, one of the most aggressive things for brass is vinegar + salt + flour. Don't use it on delicate stuff because it's aggressive, and plan on going over it with a commercial polish like Flitz [linked by editor to product info at Amazon] because it will leave brass rather raw and orange. Good luck.
Ted Mooney, P.E. RET
Pine Beach, New Jersey
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