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Old 05-27-2009, 09:02 AM   #1
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I recently replaced some lighting fixtures on two houses owned by the same person and all the old exterior lighting fixtures were the same, and I kept them, all fourteen of them. These are coach style, brass fixtures and large in my opinion. They range from about 12" tall to 28" tall. Of course they have tarnished over time and I would like to make the look better. Does anyone know of any chemical dip application I could mix up and use to clean this brass? I'm not into the thought of hand polishing all of these. I'm thinking (UH-OH!) that I can remove the electrical parts and glass and just dip/soak them in some solution, dry them good and put a coat of clear on them. Any suggestions? Thanks, David

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Why? People pay money to get the patina those have! I used gun bluing on the new brass doorbell and address numbers I made for my craftsman house, to get that aged look. Be safe, G

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GBAR, maybe I'm wrong then, but these are "Yucky" with a capital "Y". To me brass that has patina would be a greenish color, these are just plain old Uugly (pronouned yoogly) black. The four that are the largest were exposed to weather as they were mounted on deck areas and what the Lord dished out, they got. The smaller ones that were mounted underneath porches are not that bad but are still black. I have tested small spots on each one and they are brass. I don't think they would be copper. The larger ones will not even go into a five-gallon bucket, so I'll have to cut down a thirty-gallon barrel to use for this project. My plans are to sell them. Thanks, David Gee-how much brass mate would it take?

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you probably do not wish to purchase the small, economy size, no....lol .....i believe you can just sponge and/or brush it on.
do you have a pic? are they solid brass or plated? could you just buff and polish highlights and keep the recessed patina? that'd look best.
this would help resale value i think, people don't seem to care for bright, shiny brass...too new looking...
if you do, however, and wish to keep the shine, you'll need an oil based clear coat made for exposure to the elements.

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