Any advice for protecting the polish on brass house number (exterior)? I
assumed there would be a product on the market for this sort of application,
but the folks at Ace Hardware (my local gurus) didn't know of any. Krylon
seems a poor idea. What else would work?
I used to have to polish my numbers every year. I used any of the
commercial polishes, brasso comes to mind as one of them. They worked
resonably well. Following the polishing I sprayed them with something
specicaly labelled as brass protectant. I think it was just lacquer.
Every year I had to do this.
Until one year I sprayed my nicely polished numbers with gloss
polyurethane. I never polished them ever again as long as I owned
The downside is that its a bitch to remove the coating if they ever do
need to be polished again.
Spray lacquer works fine. Have to take care not to touch the metal
after polishing, clean it very well and coat ir
right away so tarnish doesn't get started. Any coating will eventually
degrade, but I polished and sprayed my
numbers (exposed to salt air) about three years ago and they are still
nice and shiny.
Try a crafts shop and get some resin used for deep, clear coverings on
things. Seemed to last forever and no fading/changes from the sun etc..
It's easy to get off, at least the type I'm thinking of; assuming
they're metal numbers, boil them in a pot and the finish all disappears.
Can't seem to remember the brand name, sorry.
The reason Krylon didn't work for you was because you left an oily
film from the polish on the brass. Krylon is a dandy acyrlic with all
the UV and toughness attributes of it's basic 'Plexiglass' resin.
Given a clean surface it will perform perfectly outdoors. FWIW, I have
buffed, cleaned and Krylon sprayed antiques and household artifacts
for many years with excellent results. Possibly YMMV if you have a
hostile outdoor environment like coastal salt spray or Left Coast
Not sure what you mean by "protecting the polish." Anyway, I use
Brasso on brass. After getting it shiny, I apply 2-3 light coats of
clear spray lacquer. Lasts about 3 years outside; inside, a lot
longer. Brass is not great outdoors--I like stainless steel. Gold is
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