The Best Way to Make Brass Shine

The Best Way to Make Brass Shine

To make your brass look its best, you should use restorative techniques to make it look its best. You can make antique brass look like new by following the three simple steps in this article.

Brass is used in just about every form you can think of where a beautiful finish is required.  Since it is a flexible material, brass can be used in a multitude of projects. To make your brass look its best, you should use restorative techniques to make it look its best. You can make antique brass look like new by following the three simple steps in this article.

Step 1
The first thing that you need to do is prepare your brass for polishing. If you are working with antique brass, this is the most important part in the process. In order for your brass to be properly buffed, it must be in raw, clean form. All sealant must be removed from the material before it can be buffed properly. To clean the brass, begin by dunking it in warm, soapy water. This is the most effective way to make sure the brass is not damaged. If your brass has been protected by lacquer or paint, you will need a more effective technique to properly prepare it. After removing surface oil and dust with the soapy water, it may be required to dunk your brass in lacquer thinner for several hours. To remove the lacquer, use a nylon bristle brush the following day after it has soaked in a gentle, circular motion. The lacquer should now be gel like in texture, and easily come off of the brass. It is important to be very thorough, and remove every bit of lacquer to get the best results. If you don’t want to wait overnight, you can also purchase paint stripper. This usually comes in a spray can, and is far more effective than regular lacquer thinner is. After spraying a thick layer of stripper on the brass, and letting it work for an hour or two, scrub it with a nylon brush and run it under water. Repeat as many times as necessary. Once your brass is shiny, and in its raw form, you are ready to buff it. At this point, you can no longer handle the brass with your hands. Doing so can cause fingerprints to stain the brass and leave fingerprint shaped tarnish marks on the brass. Wear powder free rubber gloves and soft cotton gloves to touch the material.

Step 2
To properly finish your brass, the best method is to use a rotary buffer or grinder with buffing attachment. Begin by adding a abrasive polishing compound to the wheel, and polish every scratch of your brass in the same direction to remove all the deep scratches. You will need to continue adding polishing compound after every few passes to make sure you do the best job possible. After the brass has looks shiny and smooth, change to a lower grit compound, such as tripoli. Again, buff every visible part of brass until it is shining. If you want to take it one step further, you can use a finishing compound, such as rouge or low-grit black magic, and polish it one last time. This will make your brass less yellow and more white, and it is the best finish you can hope for. While you are using the buffer, you must make sure you don’t touch the brass, and keep the brass as dry as possible. Keep a microfiber rag handy to rub off excess polishing compound during the process.

Step 3
Now, you must get the brass clean. Polishing compound is hard to see if your brass has been completely finished on the buffer, but if you use a white rag and gently rub your brass with it, it will demonstrate how much compound is left on the brass. For this step, use a chemical cleaner such as diluted acetone or carburetor cleaner and a soft cloth to rub away any remaining compound. At this point, your brass is finished, and even antique brass

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