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Cleaning Brass

"Rub N’ Buff is a waxy metallic finish that comes in several golden shades such as Gold Leaf (depicted), but also look for Antique Gold and European Gold. Krylon’s ‘Gold Leaf’ is the best metallic gold spray paint I’ve found to date to mimic brass or give you a warm golden glow on your hardware." - info on cleaning brass with brasso, lemon/salt

Bob Vila's Tip of the Day: The first thing you need to know before polishing any brass object is whether the item is solid brass, or brass-plated steel, zinc, or cast iron. The easiest way to check is by placing a small magnet on the piece you’re not sure about. Magnets will not stick to solid brass, so if the magnet sticks, the piece is brass-plated. Plated items can be cleaned with hot soapy water, but rubbing or polishing them too aggressively can remove the brass plating.

redo ugly brass door knobs with just sanding and rustoleum clean metal primer and paint

I love this idea. Buy an old brass lamp and turn it into a clean, glossy white (or any other color) beautiful new looking lamp.

Video and transcript: cleaning copper or brass with ketchup (you can also use vinegar + salt and it will be faster according to the blogger)

Handy tool for squarely aligning taps and avoiding broken taps. This version has a vee slot along bottom for tapping round stock. Use Tap Magic for great results. For smaller taps ( 00-90, 0-80, 1-72 and 2-56) I made similar tool from 1" dia. brass rod stock and a series of drilled holes to accommodate the thread diameters. Found the tube and hole cleaning brushes on eBay

Cleaning Brass Cases Step by Step on a Budget with Stainless Steel Media

Cleaning solid brass requires only two common and nontoxic household ingredients: lemon and baking soda.

At home with Mrs H: How to clean brass handles (and stuff)

How to clean brass naturally - Though there are chemical brass cleaners on the market, try using some of these natural ingredients to clean brass, most of which you probably already have at home. (Ketchup, mild detergent, vinegar, salt, flour, lemon juice and water.)

How to clean brass handles (and stuff)

Salt and Lemon Juice: Clean Brass and Pewter How to do it: Sprinkle salt on to the cut side of half a lemon. Rub down the metal, rinse and buff dry. The same process can also be used to remove rust stains.

Use ketchup to remove the tarnish from your brass and copper cookware. -- Use oatmeal to: Thoroughly scrub super dirty hands.-- Use tea to: Scour your rusted garden tools.-- Use club soda to: Shine up any scuffed and grubby stainless-steel sink. -- Use hydrogen peroxide to: Disinfect your germy keyboard. Use cornstarch to: Clean a daunting grease spill on the carpet. -- Use rubbing alcohol to: Remove permanent marker stains from both solid-surface countertops and hardwood floors. -- ...

Super easy DIY copper and brass cleaner. 6 TBS salt, 6 TBS flour, and several TBS white vinegar. Mix flour and salt then add TBS's vinegar until you have a paste. Rub on with a soft cloth then rinse and dry. Ta-Da! Clean copper and brass without harsh chemicals!