I have a brass door fixture that came with my Pella french door. It is
tarnished and pitted after only 3 years. It only came with a one-year
warranty and I have been told that Pella has replaced the hardware with one
that holds the finish much better (10 year warranty).
My question is this: Can I clean up the tarnish and refinish the door
handle so as to prevent future tarnishing? Your thoughts and advise are
I know the truth is out there, but I like to stay in....
Have you talked to Pella to see if they might replace it even thought the
warranty is over?
The reason why stuff has lifetime warranties now is that they use more
complicated multilayer finishes. So the brass is only skin deep and then
there is another layer which holds it and then another layer of solid brass.
Somehow it keeps the finish. Those scientists are pretty smart fellas
Maybe yes, maybe no. Are you sure the metal itself is pitted? Wouldn't be
usual. If it is solid brass you can polish it and then apply a clear coat.
Brasso is good to polish. If it is just oxidized, ketchup works. For clear
coat, the easiest is an spray can of lacquer. The lacquer has to be renewed
occasionally; if not, gotta polish again. As an alternative, leave it
uncoated and polish occasionally. Or let it tarnish to an attractive, old
If it is plated brass, you can do the same thing as long as the brass layer
is intact. Polish it a lot and the brass will disappear.
You could also haul the sucker off to a plating shop and have it chromed.
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