Do you like old brass objects like candle holders, watches, door knobs and even more interesting, unidentified objects made of brass? Unfortunately, they are all affected by time and weather conditions and, usually, you’ll find them (in flea market) heavy oxidized. Some people like them as they are, showing a time patina which, arguably, adds more character. With rare exceptions, I think brass items are made to shine. When an item is made out of brass, its creator wanted to make that object last for a long time. By regularly polishing it, you’ll restore its original beauty.
And, by the way, polishing brass it’s an easy task, too! You won’t need fancy tools; a scrap of cloth and some polishing compound will do the job. For larger items, you’ll still need an electric polishing machine equiped with buffing wheels to speed up the job.
The object I planed to polish now is a little, interesting, kind of brass pump for liquids. Here it is:
As polishing compound I’ll use Autosol Metal Polish (www.autosol.com) which comes in a toothpaste-like tube (75ml) and costs around 4 euro. Based on the light gray color of the paste inside the tube I’ll assume it’s based on cerium dioxide (CeO2) as the polishing compound. Probably, other active components were added as well by the producer for improved efficiency.
I’ll follow the instructions on the tube: apply the polishing paste uniformly in a thin layer on the surface to be polished, wait a minute or two and then rub the surface with a cloth until all polishing compound is removed. You may repeat the procedure as many times as you want, until the desired shine is achieved.
After two applications of the above procedure, here is the result:
Good luck and have fun!