Dark Spots on Brass

haus_proudApril 19, 2013

We have a pair of brass floor lamps for a few years. We thought we would let them tarnish naturally, that they would acquire a pleasant soft glow. That didn't happen. The base of the lamps especially got very dull and unsightly and developed some dark spots (like pimples).

To restore the lamps, I have been using CERAMA BRYTE which was recommended by someone on this forum who said, "Apply it and in a few minutes wipe if off and prepare to be amazed." It does work, but not perfectly, because I neglected the lamps for a long time.

I have two questions: The dark spots come off only with a lot of very hard effort. Is there something else that will make this job easier? Second, after restoring the brass to a nice luster, how can I keep it that way? I know lacquer is the recommended thing, but I don't know how to use it, and I'm afraid I may make a mess of it. Suppose I apply a thin coat of lemon oil. Will that work, assuming I apply some more periodically?

Thanks for your help.

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Sounds like brass plated steel.

See if a magnet sticks to the metal.

Thin brass plating has small pinholes that expose the steel.

Eventually corrosion starts in the steel and forces the brass plating off.

    Bookmark   May 10, 2013 at 3:03PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Hot patina techniques for copper countertop
Hello there, I have my heart set on a copper countertop...
need help identifying
Hi everybody! Just wondering if anyone out there could...
soldering copper gutters
how diy-able is it to solder a copper lap joint? I...
change bolt lock on inside of door but not out?historical sort of
Hi. We bought an old house and are changing all of...
Bridget Helm
Metal/Iron Stair rail
I moved into a house last year. It is a tri-level home....
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™