Polishing a Brass Object

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   Do you like old brass objects like candle holders, watches, door knobs and even more interesting, unidentified objects made of brass? Unfortunately, they are all affected by time and weather conditions and, usually, you’ll find them (in flea market) heavy oxidized. Some people like them as they are, showing a time patina which, arguably, adds more character. With rare exceptions, I think brass items are made to shine.  When an item is made out of brass, its creator wanted to make that object last for a long time. By regularly polishing it, you’ll restore its original beauty.

   And, by the way, polishing brass it’s an easy task, too! You won’t need fancy tools; a scrap of cloth and some polishing compound will do the job. For larger items, you’ll still need an electric polishing machine equiped with buffing wheels to speed up the job.

   The object I planed to polish now is a little, interesting, kind of brass pump for liquids. Here it is:

Brass pump before polishing

Brass pump before polishing

 

 As polishing compound I’ll use Autosol Metal Polish (www.autosol.com) which comes in a toothpaste-like tube (75ml) and costs around 4 euro. Based on the light gray color of the paste inside the tube I’ll assume it’s based on cerium dioxide (CeO2) as the polishing compound. Probably, other active components were added as well by the producer for improved efficiency.  

   I’ll follow the instructions on the tube: apply the polishing paste uniformly in a thin layer on the surface to be polished, wait a minute or two and then rub the surface with a cloth until all polishing compound is removed. You may repeat the procedure as many times as you want, until the desired shine is achieved.

After two applications of the above procedure, here is the result:

Brass pump after polishing

Brass pump after polishing

Hmmm… shiny!

Good luck and have fun!



6 Responses to “Polishing a Brass Object”

  1. 1 cesafacamah

    imi place saitul tau si apreciez foarte tare sharingul, cat si colectia de aparate foto:)
    am polishat si eu cu un flex si cu capete de polish, insa as vrea sa curat o trompeta cu solutia ta, o recomandare unde gasesc?
    multumesc

    • Pasta de lustruit gasesti pe la raioanele auto din supermarket-uri (Real, Praktiker). Eu am folosit doua tipuri de pasta: Autosol Metall Polish (~15 lei) pe care ti-o recomand si tie si una pe care scrie Prevent. Ambele sunt in cuti ca de pasta de dinti. Succes!

  2. 3 Vio

    Recomand pentru lustruit bronz sau cupru, Ketchup.Instructiuni pe youtube.Foarte bun (si ieftin)

    • Astea sunt aberatii. Ketchup-ul nu e bun nici pentru sanatate, deci nu e bine sa-l cumperi!🙂 Poate merge intr-o anumita masura. Probabil merge si cu o carpa curata, fara nimic pus pea ea. Dar ideea e complet gresita. Exista solutii speciale pentru asa ceva. Un tub de pasta costa 20 de lei si lustruiesti cu el zeci de obiecte! Un proverb vechi spune ca din rahat nu faci bici!🙂
      Romania e o tara inapoiata si din cauza ca toti cauta sa faca improvizatii la orice, chiar atunci cand solutia adecvata e destul de la indemana. Nu ca nemtii sau americanii nu fac improvizatii, dar nu pe scara atat de larga! Spor!

  3. 5 Toni

    Buna ziua, e adevarat ca daca frecam suprafata de alama cu praf de creta aceasta nu va mai oxida?
    Multumesc!


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