removing brass plating

chillowayApril 5, 2005

Hi - I know this sounds crazy but is there any way to completely remove brass plating.

I have kitchen cabinet handles that I adore the shape of. They're very well made but I noticed that on the back of one, the brass has started to wear off. Under that seems to be a copper and then a base metal of a silver color.

What I want is the silver metal underneath with some kind of shine on it. Is it possible to bring the handles back to the plain metal & them lacquer them or something?

Thanks for the help, Debbie.

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Hello Debbie,
Look in your phone book for a local Electroplating business. They should have no difficulty in removing the existing coating.
It's simply a matter of reversing the polarity of a plating bath which is what they do with any plating jobs that come out with defects.

    Bookmark   April 6, 2005 at 1:52PM
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Thanks Rosco - I'll look & see if I can find one. Debbie

    Bookmark   April 6, 2005 at 8:58PM
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Brass plating is done by putting a copper substrate on top of the base metal and then applying brass plate. You are seeing the copper substrate below the brass.

The base metal is generally chosen for low cost-it may not polish up to anything attractive or not.

Brasso or Goddard's heavy duty brass cleaner will remove most of the plating, but you will still need to buff the rest off.

Contact the electro-plater and see if they can plate the metal with nickel or chrome to give you a more finished look. If you get it plated you may as well have them plate it from it's current state-they are going to need the copper substrate to get anything to adhere to the "pot metal" below.

    Bookmark   May 10, 2011 at 3:53PM
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