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sharon123 02-07-2012 07:16 AM

wall clock - surface corrosion
hi, l wonder if I could savage this clock?

This clock has been with us for more than 10 years. As it is a gift from a good friend, I would like to keep it for as long as it works. but the surface corrosion is spreading ...

oh'mike 02-07-2012 08:25 AM

Touch a magnet to that 'brass'--
It looks like a very thin plate over steel----

Ironlight 02-07-2012 08:34 AM

Mike is right, looks like plated steel, which would be logical in a product like that.

As a result, removing the corrosion is going to remove the plating as well, or what's left of it in those areas. There is one option, and that is for you to disassemble the clock, strip the corrosion off the parts in question, then send them to a plating outfit for replating. I have taken some small pieces to metal plating shops in my area (usually found in industrial parks) and they are always happy to do them for a nominal fee. It's worth a call to them to find out what it will cost if the clock has significant sentimental value to you.

oh'mike 02-07-2012 08:44 AM

Motor cycle shops always know good plating shops--

I have had good luck-- check there for the name of a place that will do small projects.

sharon123 02-07-2012 05:52 PM

hi, I hv just used a magnet to try - the magnet didn't stay. It is quite light material. can it be steel ? steel is heavy usually, isn't it?

About the corrosion - it is just "spreading", not "peeling off". i.e. it doesn't look like "plating" to me. when I used my finger to rub against the surface, there wasn't anything being rubbed off, the surface was as smooth as ever. I could feel slight grease on my finger though.

thanks for sharing...

oh'mike 02-08-2012 05:59 AM

Even if it is brass---getting it plated is still a good option---you could try polishing the metal--as thin as that is,be careful not to crush it--

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