Apparenly around 2009. I bought a new bottle (plastic now vs. the older
metal), and am truly dissapointed because IT NO LONGER WORKS.
The formula is water-based with ammonia, vs. the old petroleum-based
formula. The new stuff appears to have the micro silica granules because
there did appear to be major sedimentation in the bottle. It is no longer
listed as an ingredient, probably because it is not toxic.
I'm not sure if they changed the granule size, but the new product does NOT
immediately produce black copper oxide the same way as the old formula.
Of course, my goal here is not simply to whine. Altough whining is a
component of the set of my reasons for being here, I would also like to ask
if anyone knows if a suitable substitute in available. Is it also possible
to buy microcrystalline silica (or carborundum, etc.)? I have Varsol, and I
know how to use it.
On Fri, 16 Dec 2016 20:06:45 -0600, Vic Smith wrote:
Since posting previously, I have been thinking about the non-toxic
insecticide diatomaceous earth, which is mostly silica.
Toothepaste also seems to be a likely candidate. I'll followup after
Brasso was never the best anyway. The Navy provided it for polishing
brass/copper, but there was something called Glow which worked much
better. It was a paste that came in a tube. But you had to buy it.
That was 50 years ago.
You might try a headlight lens restorer. I used Blue Magic with
success on my lenses, and it might work on brass/copper.
But toothpaste might work too.
When I was in the Army we used Brasso all the time and I was never
particularly impressed with it.
Maybe the new formula was made to make our soldiers use even more muscle
power to get their brass shiny.
I never thought it did!
I was in the USAF ('66-'70) and was in the fire dept. Talk about brass!
When I was in USAF basic, we did not have Brasso. So, our TI (DI) told
us to staal a couple bottles of Lousiana Hot Sauce from the mess hall
and we used that to polish the brass latrine fixtures in our ancient
A yr later, when I was actually assigned to a fire dept (Wheelus AFB,
Libya N, Africa), I could finally afford some real Brasso, so bought a
can. The crap didn't work any better than the hot sauce. I tossed
the Brasso and never bought any, ever again. No kidding.
I think what actually polishes the brass is plain ol' elbow grease.
Rub hard enough and I think even water will polish brass. ;)
replying to Mike Duffy, Charles Howell wrote:
I have had the same experience. The new brasso in the plastic bottle does not
work at all on brass. It produces a dull finish, not the shiny sparkly finish
the old brasso produced. I am so pissed i can't even tell you. I wonder what
the army guys have to say about it.
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