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  1. #1
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    Default Keeping brass bright. ?

    I've done the polishing, but don't want to do it again in a hurry.
    How do I keep it bright ?

    I have thought of covering it with varnish.

    There must be alternatives - please

  2. #2
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    Default Re: Keeping brass bright. ?

    Polish, degrease and then spray with hard lacquer,

  3. #3
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    Default Re: Keeping brass bright. ?

    Try ‘Incralac’ it’s a lacquer for non-ferrous metals.

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    Default Re: Keeping brass bright. ?

    I've polished brass before to within an inch of its life then sprayed it with several coats of clear laquer - spray can from the motor accessories shop - Halfords probably, can't remember but they all do them. Lasted years! …..
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    Default Re: Keeping brass bright. ?

    Rustins do a brush-on lacquer that considerably extends the life of the shiny brass look.

  6. #6
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    Default Re: Keeping brass bright. ?

    Thanks everyone, lacquer is the answer.

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    Default Re: Keeping brass bright. ?

    There's nothing like proper polished brass. They know how to do things properly at La Corbiere. Even the visitors have to wear cotton gloves. Anyway, it gives the crew something to do and keeps them out of mischief.

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    Default Re: Keeping brass bright. ?

    Quote Originally Posted by johnalison View Post
    There's nothing like proper polished brass. They know how to do things properly at La Corbiere. Even the visitors have to wear cotton gloves. Anyway, it gives the crew something to do and keeps them out of mischief.

    +1

    It is so much easier if you pay the crew, properly, many of these grubby, mundane problems simply disappear

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    Default Re: Keeping brass bright. ?

    The problem I am finding with lacquer is that nothing lasts for ever. I have owned two nice brass bulkhead instruments for many years, lacquered and previously bright. Now the coating is breaking down, black patches are appearing underneath the lacquer but it will need to be removed before I can repolish. I hope acetone will do it but it is likely to be a messy job, not best done on board.
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    Default Re: Keeping brass bright. ?

    An alternative to lacquer:

    https://picreator.co.uk/renaissance-wax/
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