Restore dull brass snap-hook


I have a snap-hook, actualy several, which is used to attach a 1in. rope to a brass or polished brass post. The apparently brass snap-hook is very old and has become; dull, chipped, and green at certain points. It may have been painted or "dipped/plated" in the past. Restoration is my goal; Is it possible to make it beautiful again? Without having it "plated/dipped"?
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Why no go for the so called plating or dipping options. Whatever's wrong with that sort of practice? I dip and palte most of my houseware. Not to be confused with dipping a sheep, of course, a rural pastime city folk don't seem to quite 'get', but as these items must surely be inexpensive, I'd suggest you cut corners (not my usual advice!) and restore via the art of a good dip. Plating is also a reassonable option, but I don't know why you would consider it, for mere snap hooks?
Frankly, it seems a waste of your time, best spent elsewhere, possibly unrelated to home cleaning. My life is not the common drudgery my interest in home cleaning might indicate to you, of those who remember my past contributions to the group, I'm what you might call a new man, open to new ideas and persuasions, but the domestic enjoyment I gain from home cleaning is immeasurable and can, in no way, be compared to other therapeutic and sporting quests. I'm sure many of the subscribers to this newsgroup will agree with me.
Good day to you.
Mr F. Bentos
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On Sun, 18 Nov 2007 14:31:15 -0800 (PST), Condo

Google is your friend. Try "brass polish" or "brass care" to start
The main thing is if your piece is plated or solid brass. If plated,you won't want scrub too hard nor use anything too abrasive that might remove the plating.
If solid, you can go a bit stronger.
Second, if the piece has a lacquer coat of some sort and it is tarnished underneath the lacquer, you'll need to remove the lacquer in order to get at the tarnish. Then you can re-lacquer if you want.
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