Keeping brass shiny


Hi,
Is there any product that y'all know of that will prevent brass from tarnishing/oxidizing? I am just about to inlay some 1/8" diameter brass rods into a painted piece, and once inlaid, it will be difficult to polish the inlay should it need it. Thanks for any help.
Mike G
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MikeG (in ruGDg.7460$ snipped-for-privacy@newsread1.news.pas.earthlink.net) said:
| Is there any product that y'all know of that will prevent brass from | tarnishing/oxidizing?
If it's not going to be handled much, I've found that a coat of clear Krylon works well. If it is going to be handled, it may be worth while to have the brass gold-plated.
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My ex FIL, who restored French carriage clocks as a hobby, always used Farrow and Balls' "eggshell varnish" on the brass parts. AAMOF, my parents still have a clock that I gave them 35 years ago and it is still as shiny as new.
"Eggshell varnish" was readily available in the UK at the time, but I've never seen it here in the US. Might want to DAGS.
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The traditional way is to polish it up then lacquer it.

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My front doo knobs where always tarnishing. Every year I'd dismatle the hardware, polish them, spray them with laquer, put them back on. It was a real pain in the back side.
Then I decided to spray them with gloss polyurethane. 15 years later when I sold the house they were still bright and shiney. Now I use polyurethane on all my brass. I guess the only downside is that if you ever do need to polish it, the polyurethane would be a bear to get off.
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Thanks for the information. I really appreciate it.
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I may have to try this with my own old-house hardware.
I'd think the poly would easily dissolve after a short soak in lacquer thinner.
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tougher than lacquer. Did this on our kitchen cabinets handles. Holds up great.
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I've used lacquer before with good results, but I've wondered what is used on brass lamp shades where they get pretty hot. It seems to me that lacquer would discolor in that application. Anyone ever tried lacquer on a brass lamp shade? Or know what is used? -- "We need to make a sacrifice to the gods, find me a young virgin... oh, and bring something to kill"
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Tim Douglass wrote:

Whats the worst that could happen?
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Because I'm lazy ;-) Actually because the lamp in question is a project that I haven't done anything on for a couple years and that is just a question that has floated around in my mind about it. If someone know the answer it save me having to experiment. If no on does I'll try it and see what happens. We're probably only talking about a 25 or 40 watt bulb, so it's not all *that* hot. -- "We need to make a sacrifice to the gods, find me a young virgin... oh, and bring something to kill"
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RE: Subject
Brasso & elbow grease followed by spray lacquer works for marine lamps.
(Makes for a good winter project in Northern climes)
Lew
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On Fri, 25 Aug 2006 23:59:20 GMT, Lew Hodgett

I'll give it a try and see how it works. Thanks. -- "We need to make a sacrifice to the gods, find me a young virgin... oh, and bring something to kill"
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