Real brass hardware, like other solid metal pieces, can be reconditioned and polished to look like new at a fraction of the cost of purchasing new hardware. By using cleaners and then scrubbing the metal with abrasives, you can bring back the shine of your brass door hardware. Keep the shine by sealing the surface to protect it from further oxidation.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Glass container
- Paper towels
- Distilled water
- Cotton rag
- Hair dryer
- Microcrystalline wax
- Old toothbrush
- Shoe brush
Remove the old lacquer that may be covering the brass door hardware by soaking it in acetone, using the proper safety precautions and adequate ventilation. Place the hardware in a glass container and then pour in enough acetone to cover it. Let the acetone work for at least an hour before lifting the brass from the liquid and drying it with paper towels.
Scrub the brass door hardware with a slurry mixture of fine chalk and equal parts ethanol and distilled water. Rub the paste over the brass with a cotton rag. Use a Q-tip to reach smaller areas.
Rinse off the paste with distilled water, using a small toothbrush brush to clean out the crevices.
Dip the cleaned and rinsed brass door hardware in ethanol to help it dry thoroughly.
Warm the pieces of hardware with a hair dryer and apply a coating of microcrystalline wax with a clean dry rag. Buff the brass door hardware with a shoe polish brush to bring up the shine.
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