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Old 06-17-2010, 03:25 AM   #1
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Hi,
I have old steel KM windows which I'm renovating. A few questions I was hoping the pros could answer about the window hardware. So far I've tried paint striper, metal magic, a mix of salt, flour and vinegar and plenty of steel wool, but can't get them clean.

Is this solid brass? A magnet does not stick

It has dark brown, dark red and green areas of discolouration. Is this all tarnish?

Is there a good way to clean them?

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Old 06-17-2010, 08:00 AM   #2
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Suggestion--Send them off to a plater--the cost may not be to bad.

Other than that--buffing wheel and buffing compound.

May be nickle silver(white brass/german silver)

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Old 06-18-2010, 04:36 AM   #3
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Thanks Mike. Do you mean get them plated, or that a plater might be able to clean them?
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What few of these I have seen, I agree with Mike as far as having them re-plated. They probably are of a base metal with a decorative plating on them and the plating has worn off over time. You might try using one of the many compounds out there for polishing plated materials ( I prefer Wenol) on one to see if it will help. Advice here: Having sent chrome parts from old cars to platers, take pictures of any parts you send, DO get a receipt from the plater as to the parts received and pricing with a % variable. If possible, etch an I.D. number/name on the parts so you know you are getting your parts back. Experience has taught me well on platers. David
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Thurman--Sound like you might have had a part or two lost in the acid bath

If you don't know a plater--check out your nearest chopper shop or hot rod shop. They might be able to recommend a service that will do small orders.

Like Thurman said--those were usually a base metal with a nickle plate--
They don't polish well--the plating will wear off.

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