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badswing 06-28-2009 02:14 PM

copper restoration
 
i have two very old copper "pieces" (not sure of the real term) that are atop a bay window. they are black with wear but i believe they are copper. (some typical green areas). can or what could i paint them with? restoration would be more desirable h/e i think it would be too much work! any help? thanks, bs

Matthewt1970 06-28-2009 06:48 PM

Copper cleaners will do most of the work for you. Do NOT paint them.

skymaster 06-28-2009 07:16 PM

If those pcs are actual antiques and you value them DO NOT TOUCH em.
If you mess with them they will most likely lose almost all of their value.
If you dont care then Noxon will clean em up. So will Brasso

RDS 06-30-2009 10:42 AM

I second the advice not to paint them. Previous owners painted the copper roofs over my bay windows, but the paint did not stick well, peeled up and looked ugly, and it took me most of a summer to remove it VERY carefully.

badswing 06-30-2009 11:53 AM

restoring
 
i have tried to restore with various cleaners to no avail. does one work the best?

drtbk4ever 06-30-2009 12:00 PM

In case you didn't read all the replies to your question, here is the answer again.

Quote:

Originally Posted by skymaster (Post 294345)
If those pcs are actual antiques and you value them DO NOT TOUCH em.
If you mess with them they will most likely lose almost all of their value.
If you dont care then Noxon will clean em up. So will Brasso


saggdevil 06-30-2009 01:26 PM

If you want to try the "eco" or "green" way to clean copper, brass, silver, etc. try smearing ketchup (yes, that tomatoe stuff in a bottle) on it, let set for 5-10 minutes, then take a heavy cloth (old towels work great) and start rubbing. It cleans quite well. If that doesn't do it, Brasso. It'll will clean most metals. I'm not familar with the Noxon.

I just lost 4 of my 6 pieces of antique solid brass hardware on an antique cupboard. Will cost up to $75.00 each to replace them. I've learned the hard way :(.
Good luck

toocheaptohire 06-30-2009 03:56 PM

you can also try a homemade cleaner - mix white vinegar with regular table salt until you get a goopy paste - use this as a rubbing compound with a cloth rag to take off the varnish on the copper pieces. I'm not sure it will work any better than the commercial chemical cleaners, but raiding your pantry to try this won't cost you anything.


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