Best and easiest product to clean brass keys?

desertrat1(Zone8_CA)August 15, 2010

Ok, I know, google it, right? But I'm in a hurry. I KNOW there are some experts on the sure fired method/product for this job! Thanks for letting me pick your brains!

Love, Jules

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dcarch7

Use a fine steel wire brush wheel with an electric drill.

It will clean and polish at the same time really fast.

dcarch

    Bookmark   August 15, 2010 at 6:03PM
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geeme(5)

use vinegar and salt to scrub it down then rince off ....

    Bookmark   August 15, 2010 at 6:34PM
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jeannespines

The old standby from my DH's Army days..."Brasso"...liquid comes in a tin container. Jeanne S.

    Bookmark   August 15, 2010 at 7:29PM
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sunnyca_gw

Yes, Brasso was our choice from hubby's army days! I've cleaned up old ,lamp brass parts, keys & tops to salt & pepper shakers among other things! I sometimes coat the item with clear spray finish so stays shiny longer, oh, did my house numbers also. Jan

    Bookmark   August 16, 2010 at 1:04AM
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desertrat1(Zone8_CA)

Humm, all sound feasable. Questions though: on the fine steel brush with a drill, won't it take off the top layer. I don't want the lion (master key) to be brushed down any further. Won't it damage it to a degree?...Also, with the vinegar and salt mix, what kind of vinegar? and I'm presuming a coarse salt? Iodine or sea salt? I'd like to try these first before I buy any Brasso. Thanks everyone!!!!!
Love, Jules

    Bookmark   August 16, 2010 at 1:14AM
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dcarch7

Brushing will remove a very tiny bit of the brass, not enough to do any damage.

General cleaning will not polish the brass. Brushing will clean and give the brass a very shiny finish.

dcarch

    Bookmark   August 16, 2010 at 10:46AM
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jeannespines

DH & I both use dcarch's method, too... it does give a very shiny finish. When I was working on this door project, I used alot of Brasso though...& everything didn't need to be very shiny on it. Good luck, Jules! Jeanne S.

    Bookmark   August 16, 2010 at 1:30PM
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geeme(5)

Desertrat I use plain iodine table salt and cider vinegar, put each in separate bowls, dip rag in vinegar, then salt and scrub....

    Bookmark   August 17, 2010 at 10:24AM
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