I bought some outdoor lights at Lowe's last year, brass finish. Now,
less than a year later, the finish is tarnished, pitted and looks
terrible. Shouldn't the finished have lasted longer? Should I have
sprayed them with lacquer or polly before putting them up?
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Yes, less than a year is too soon for any decent outdoor product to do
that. (Assuming you didn't install them on your oceangoing cruiser.)
Heavy lacquering could have helped, but chances are it's too late now.
Can you say, "You don't get more than you pay for?"
Odds are that "brass finish" is just a thin plating, and once it's
pitted you'll never get it looking right again.
If that happened to me, I wouldn't feel too guilty about trying to
return them for credit, most reasonable folks would expect them to last
longer than yours did.
Jeff Wisnia (W1BSV + Brass Rat '57 EE)
"My luck is so bad that if I bought a cemetery, people would stop dying."
Did they say solid brass or just brass finished. If the box says solid brass
check them with a magnet and bring them back if they are magnetic. My
father got stuck with some plated garbage labeled as solid brass and brought
them back. Usually they come laquered and look good for several years.
Except that so much plated stuff is made from pot metal (which used to be
copper and lead but is now usually zinc) and that isn't magnetic either.
Unfortunately. I check by digging into the back side with a knife...can't
dig into steel.
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