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!
Use a fine steel wire brush wheel with an electric drill.
It will clean and polish at the same time really fast.
use vinegar and salt to scrub it down then rince off ....
The old standby from my DH's Army days..."Brasso"...liquid comes in a tin container. Jeanne S.
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
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!!!!!
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.
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.
Desertrat I use plain iodine table salt and cider vinegar, put each in separate bowls, dip rag in vinegar, then salt and scrub....