Post by applecrisp1 on Aug 23, 2019 10:10:04 GMT -5
I have an brass lamp that I haven't cleaned in a long, long time. So I got the brilliant idea to clean and polish is yesterday. But parts of it are not getting polished -- it is just uneven. I could have sworn that when I did it before the lamp would look great. I think I usually used Maas cleaner -- and that is what I used last night. I don't know if its because it was so tarnished, or did I rub too hard. It is definitely brass and not coated (can't think of the word).
What do you use? Any ideas? Have you ever tried the "recipes" I using pantry type ingredients. I saw on Good Housekeeping using ketchup (what) -- I can't see doing that. Making your own Brasso with vinegar and salt (I think that was it).
The lamp is very expensive and let's say it looked much better tarnished that this tarnish/not tarnished look. Oh why didn't I just leave it...
Post by applecrisp1 on Aug 24, 2019 17:17:44 GMT -5
Thx WC. What got into me to polish it?? I'm with you I'd rather have the patina. I just don't know why some parts didn't really clean up (I hoping it is was just super tarnished and just needs more cleaning). Maybe a good thing I don't have any salt -- perhaps let the cleaned up part get tarnished and match the other parts. Ha. I don't think I ever had the prob before of some parts getting polished but not uniform.
I'm going to leave it for a bit before I go all McGuyver and try to polish. I hope it isn't ruined because $$ lamp.
My bed (I donated it a year ago) was super expensive (lots of paychecks way-back-when) and I bought it when I was in my early 20s....sad to let it go. No matter how much cleaning or not-cleaning I did, it held up well. Good luck with the lamp.
Thoreau said, 'A man is rich in proportion to the things he can leave alone.'