Hello. My house was built in 1924 and has many brass switch and outlet
plates. I need to put a brass plate on a new outlet. Polished brass
just looks too new. Antique finished brass doesn't look old at all.
Is there a way to make a new brass plate look like its been in use for
Any thoughts are greatly appreciated.
The new polished brass has a coating of something on it to keep it from
tarnishing for years. I suppose if you used an abrasive polish or had a
polishing wheel with rouge, you may be able to remove the coating and the
plate should tarnish naturally like the originals do.
Remove any lacquer from the plate with paste paint stripper, then wipe
it with "Liver of Sulfur" solution which you should be able to get at an
artist supply store.
Works for me....
On Mon, 17 Jul 2006 18:13:59 -0400, with neither quill nor qualm, Jeff
Strip it, dry it, pee on it (OK, use vinegar) for a lovely green tinge
of corrosion, then liver it to further darken it.
Respray with lacquer if wanted.
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I would use paint remover to take off the clear lacquer protective coat.
It will tarnish in no time. If brass plate, you may want to coat it
again so the brass doesn't pit - new brass plate is usually very thin.
If you are impatient, put it in a dish with a boiled egg :o)
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