I have a bathroom with a mid-priced Sears brass-finished faucet set and
shower rod. All are badly stained under their protective finishes. I'm
assuming that my very hard, heavily chlorinated water is a factor in the
What's the best way (if any) to go about restoring the finish? I'm about to
put my house on the market, and would like these cosmetic problems not to be
The problem is most of the big box store "brass" stuff is usually just
poorly brass plated (or even just a brass colored coating).
About the only thing you can do (aside from just replacing the stuff) is
to strip off the coating and try to polish the brass. If it is typical
quality you will find there is nothing there to polish. If it is really
brass then you polish it and recoat with a clear finish.
I tried that once - took days, and didn't work. It's much cheaper and faster
to get new fixtures. For some things, like pantry door hinges, etc., you can
just scrub and spray paint to clean them up, but for faucets and doorknobs
it's best to just replace. That said, if they are actually antique real
brass, then by all means, restore them. If they're big box new stuff, then
get more new, shiny stuff.
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