Asked on Aug 8, 2013

Old coat rack

NancyP KirkpatrickTami Wilson


discovered the hangers are made of brass they were black how do I clean them to get them back to the brass or maybe copper can't tell
6 answers
  • Kimberly Barney
    on Aug 8, 2013

    I would think if they are painted, you could use paint remover.

  • P Kirkpatrick
    on Aug 8, 2013

    No they are not painted just aged when I was cleaning it up started to show thru now I need to know what to use to get the tarnish off

    • Sia@South 47th
      on Aug 9, 2013

      @P Kirkpatrick Hi there! Do you happen to have a picture? I'm curious as to the style and age of the hangers. Thank you!! Welcome to hometalk!! xox

  • P Kirkpatrick
    on Aug 9, 2013

    NO do not have a pic Ill try and get one

  • Tami Wilson
    on Aug 10, 2013

    My hubby was a commercial plumber for years and he has told me time and again that I should use hot sauce (Tabasco) and steel wool to break down the oxidation and restore brass to its original shine. I personally thought he was nuts until the day I tried everything to clean up a light fixture. Finally relented, put hot sauce on it, waited awhile then scrubbed with steel wool and shortly had a shiny brass fixture. I just hate it when he is right!

  • P Kirkpatrick
    on Aug 11, 2013

    Thank you so much for sharing!!!:)

  • Nancy
    on Nov 15, 2015

    Use Brasso. Found in hardware stores and other places. For copper, try ketchup.

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