How to clean neglected brass!

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How to clean neglected brass!

Postby tjtops » Sun Mar 13, 2011 5:29 pm

Any suggestions on a (Spanish) product which will clean badly neglected brass without too much effort please? (I have a large Indian circular tray/table-top which I confess I have had hidden away for 7 years and now want to sell, lol)
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Re: How to clean neglected brass!

Postby BENIDORM » Sun Mar 13, 2011 5:51 pm

tjtops,
As a 'retired' antiques dealer, I have always used the following for very satisfactory results...
To make a brass and copper cleaner..
Mix equal parts of lemon juice and vinegar.
Wipe it on with a paper towel, leave for ten minutes or a bit longer if very dirty, and then polish off with a soft dry cloth...Repeat if required...
You can then use a normal metal polish to attain a high shiny finish if required..
If you are selling the item at a car-boot sale then I would suggest that you leave it uncleaned, it will probably go to a Spanish buyer who really like to buy an 'antique' item in dirty condition....they seem to love polishing brass and copper....
If you are really lazy ..use Cillit Bang......
Hope this helps....
ps...Does it have fold away wooden legs ..or are they missing ?
If no legs I would suggest selling it as a wall-plaque...depending on condition price from 10 euros to 30 euros seems to be the 'going' rate at flea markets...
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Re: How to clean neglected brass!

Postby tjtops » Sun Mar 13, 2011 6:41 pm

Awwwww.... thanks so much for that Beni.....really really appreciated and will give it a go!
No, it doesn't have the legs, sadly, and I'm not even sure I still have the little mahogany shelf for the wall....it never did fit in anywhere here...(was displayed on a wall in UK)..hence the neglect...It dates back to the 1920s or maybe even earlier....!!!!
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Re: How to clean neglected brass!

Postby Mowser » Sun Mar 13, 2011 8:02 pm

Brasso? The Chinese & Moroccan shops have a version. It goes under the name of Aladdin by sidol.
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Re: How to clean neglected brass!

Postby chrissiehope » Sun Mar 13, 2011 9:51 pm

A variation on Benidorm's suggestion - I use tomato ketchup to clean copper and brass. It has the acids of vinegar & lemon juice, but its thicker consistency keeps it in one place better - bit of a messy job cleaning off tho' :lol:
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Re: How to clean neglected brass!

Postby tjtops » Sun Mar 13, 2011 11:52 pm

use tomato ketchup to clean copper and brass. It has the acids of vinegar & lemon juice
Yikes!!! :shock: But I'll try it!!! And thanks
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Re: How to clean neglected brass!

Postby peteroldracer » Mon Mar 14, 2011 10:33 am

There is, according to the Spanish press, the odd neglected brass in the Guadelahorce area of Málaga..... :wink:
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Re: How to clean neglected brass!

Postby quebin » Mon Mar 14, 2011 8:56 pm

Soak in coca cola and then realise what it must do to your insides!

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Re: How to clean neglected brass!

Postby Alan-LaCala » Tue Mar 15, 2011 12:09 pm

Mix equal parts of lemon juice and vinegar

Would this work on a small bronze statue?

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Re: How to clean neglected brass!

Postby BENIDORM » Tue Mar 15, 2011 1:21 pm

Alan....DON'T clean Bronze...you will remove patination, and de-value it.

If it is in very dirty condition just wash it gently with soap and warm water.

And if it an old piece and maybe signed, I would recommend leaving it alone apart from dusting...

I actually use high quality beeswax if I really need to clean bronze or protect it...

Hope this helps...
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Re: How to clean neglected brass!

Postby Bowler » Wed Mar 16, 2011 5:10 pm

Believe it or not H P sauce works a treat, brush it on with a pastry brush, leave overnight then polish with Brasso (or the Spanish equivalent).

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Re: How to clean neglected brass!

Postby tjtops » Sat Mar 19, 2011 4:43 pm

Update: I've just tried Gordon's suggestion (vinegar and lemon juice) and my gob has been well and truly smacked.....it was amazing! (Bear in mind this thing hasn't been cleaned for about eight years and has been stored in an outside shed and you get the drift!!)
Many thanks! :thumbup:
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