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    Question Brass restoration help

    Any of you antique fire apparatus restorers have any tips for removeing heavy tarnish/patina from brass? I aquired an old brass standpipe connection & I'd like to make it shine again but it's got 40+ years of tarnish.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RoofTopTrucky View Post
    Any of you antique fire apparatus restorers have any tips for removeing heavy tarnish/patina from brass? I aquired an old brass standpipe connection & I'd like to make it shine again but it's got 40+ years of tarnish.
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    Use vinegar mixed with salt and elbow grease. Soak for a while in a bucket full of vinegar and salt solution; it should be about half-and-half. Then use a brush and rags to rub clean. Ketchup also works to clean brass. Be careful to rinse thoroughly with water and dry before replacing. Finish up with a product called "Nevr-Dull".
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    Nevr-Dull works good, you can also use Brasso to finish up.

    As for heavy tarnish use brasso and a green scrubby.
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    I know it sounds crazy but pour some lighter fluid on it and burn off the tarnish. Then use brasso with a good polishing cloth. It will take some elbow grease but it will shine up nice.

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    Tomato sauce or coca cola. Believe it or not they both work great.

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    Have at least two juniors start with Brasso or Bartenders Friend. Then rinse and dry. Now have them go to work on it with Mothers polishing wadding. Works great. Don't let all the juniors find out what you are up to beforehand as you will lose one of the most important parts of this process.

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