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Oompa Lumpa11/01/2014 17:18:12
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So, because I now have a workshop for metal, it naturally follows that the Brass Firegrate set which my good lady prizes can now be cleaned.

By Me.

Now!

Now that I have volunteered for the job - how should I begin to get the brass clean? Ideally I would like to give it a good soak in something to get rid of the most of the ingrained tarnish, then I am going to have to set to with a polishing mop. Mop and soap (abrasive) I have, but I am looking for an easy way out here

graham.

OuBallie11/01/2014 17:23:57
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Patina, patina, patina.

People pay huge premiums for this.

Geoff - Sparrow nests up after thinking about it for 5 years! I get there eventually.

Mike Teaman11/01/2014 17:26:28
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Most of the "modern" firegrates have a coating on them to "preserve" them. They usually deteriorate, flake, degrade or whatever. If yours has this coating, it can be stripped back to solid brass (assuming that it is?) with a metal polish or abrasive (steel wool?) and polished. The trouble is that once you polish, you need to repolish on a regular basis or find a protectant that can do a better job than the one you already (may or may not already) have. Or have one of the "downstairs" staff do it for you!

.... assuming that makes sense ................... which it probably doesn't!

Polishing brass can be very therapeutic ...... and time consuming!

Mike

jason udall11/01/2014 17:31:22
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Some might say thin endof the wedge..
Others might say small price to pay...
I see it as excuse to get more toys...

Pickel and polish.


jason udall11/01/2014 17:32:20
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Oh and opportunity to establish brass or plate..just for future reference. ..
Andrew Moyes 111/01/2014 17:48:25
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I'd paint it black and have done with it.

Andrew

NJH11/01/2014 18:11:09
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Graham

Without seeing the state of your brass it's difficult to judge however HOROLENE is a pretty effective way of cleaning clock plates. Make up a bucket full and dunk the item in . See HERE and search for Horolene - elbow grease may be cheaper!

Norman

Edited By NJH on 11/01/2014 18:12:25

John Stevenson11/01/2014 18:17:27
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Diane DO NOT READ THIS !!

Only way to address women's logic is with men's logic.

Just get any old cleaning material, Brasso will be fine.

Spend 10 minutes polishing a bit then go off and do what you want for the next hour.

Storm into the house in an evil mood and curse that this is hard work and all you have to show for an hour and ten minutes is this. Waving said poker around.

have a cup of tea, 'calm down' and say this thing isn't going to beat me.

Outside again 10 minutes cleaning, one hour making bits.

Anyone who sends this post to Ower Gert is dead.......................

Oompa Lumpa11/01/2014 18:21:59
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Hi guys, thanks for the comments.

Firstly, it is not a Firegrate, it is a Firegrate Set - Poker, Tongs, Toasting Fork and stand, it is solid brass and it is also early 1900's. If it was worth anything I wouldn't be cavalier with it, it isn't, I will

Sisal mop to start with it is then. I will do a before and after

Well you didn't think I was going to sit there with a tin of Brasso did you?

graham.

Oompa Lumpa11/01/2014 18:27:49
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Very good John, I like your thinking

Posted by John Stevenson on 11/01/2014

18:17:27:

Diane DO NOT READ THIS !!

Only way to address women's logic is with men's logic.

Just get any old cleaning material, Brasso will be fine.

Spend 10 minutes polishing a bit then go off and do what you want for the next hour.

Storm into the house in an evil mood and curse that this is hard work and all you have to show for an hour and ten minutes is this. Waving said poker around.

have a cup of tea, 'calm down' and say this thing isn't going to beat me.

Outside again 10 minutes cleaning, one hour making bits.

Anyone who sends this post to Ower Gert is dead.......................

Swarf, Mostly!11/01/2014 18:57:53
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Hi there, Graham,

Once polished, try saxophone lacquer, from your local branch of Boosey & Squawks or any other good music shop!

Best regards,

Swarf, Mostly!

 

Edited By Swarf, Mostly! on 11/01/2014 18:58:23

Springbok11/01/2014 19:27:37
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Go to your boots get a packet of citric acid, mix in a large bucket put items into take out after a while brasso and tell dear wife what a clever person you are.

bob

Edited By Springbok on 11/01/2014 19:28:42

Speedy Builder511/01/2014 20:09:29
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Don't make too good a job of it or you will have to do all the other brasswork in the house.

mickypee11/01/2014 20:25:51
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Autosmart "Smart Wheels" It is used for cleaning brake dust off wheels. Use it all the time for cleaning engine components etc, brilliant stuff. Spray it on, wash it off. Tell her it took you two hours and play to your hearts content.

Stub Mandrel11/01/2014 20:43:58
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Shame, a firegrate set. If it was the grate I was going to say black it with zebrite

Neil

ChrisH11/01/2014 21:46:37
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I'm confused, how do you combine 'women' and 'logic' in the same sentence .....................?

Edited By ChrisH on 11/01/2014 21:47:05

andrew winks12/01/2014 01:53:02
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After the cleanup and polish, give it a coat of Protecta clear, google Everbrite Coatings. Specially made for clear coating of polished metal surfaces such as copper flues above wood heaters.Takes high temps. Hellishly expensive, must be a cheaper equal to it in the UK.

OuBallie12/01/2014 09:44:44
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JohnS & ChrisH,

Stop it please!

My sides are hurting and ready to burst.

Geoff - My day has been made with laughter.

Hopper12/01/2014 10:18:36
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Posted by John Stevenson on 11/01/2014 18:17:27:

Diane DO NOT READ THIS !!

Only way to address women's logic is with men's logic.

Just get any old cleaning material, Brasso will be fine.

Spend 10 minutes polishing a bit then go off and do what you want for the next hour.

Storm into the house in an evil mood and curse that this is hard work and all you have to show for an hour and ten minutes is this. Waving said poker around.

have a cup of tea, 'calm down' and say this thing isn't going to beat me.

Outside again 10 minutes cleaning, one hour making bits.

Anyone who sends this post to Ower Gert is dead.......................

You've done this before, haven't you.

Ian S C12/01/2014 11:09:17
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Stick the bits in citric acid over night (the home brew shop should be cheaper than Boots, or try the garden shop), then a few minutes with the Brasso and an old tooth brush. Then get one of the clear coatings, preferably a heat proof one, you should be right for a few years before you need to clean them again. Ian S C

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