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Asked on Sep 28, 2017

How do I clean this?

Lisa S.ChasecatrinaB. Enne


I bought this old fireplace screen at a neighbors garage sale. There's a magnet in the photo, so it's not brass, but maybe brass finish? I've had really bad luck cleaning brass in the past, I want to get this right. If it's too far gone, what else can I do? Thank you
q how do i clean this
q how do i clean this
10 answers
  • Janet Pizaro
    on Sep 28, 2017

    instead of stressing on cleaning it ,wipe off the best you can and spray paint it
  • V Smith
    on Sep 28, 2017

    If you are going to use it as a fireplace screen, I would suggest cleaning it and spray painting it flat black. If it's black it is not going to show where the fire chars it and it will not stand out as a fake brass item.
  • Cindy Darsey Chadwell
    on Sep 28, 2017

    this pages tells you how to know if it's real or "fake" brass and how to clean both.

  • Suellen Hintz
    on Sep 28, 2017

    Spray paint it.

  • Kathy
    on Sep 28, 2017

    Use some Blue Dawn dishing washing liquid and baking soda to clean it. Then use Brasso to shine it up.
  • 27524803
    on Sep 28, 2017

    Clean it really with a good de-greaser such as dawn, or TSP using a scrub brush.
    Rinse really well and let dry completely (prop it some where where the wind will help dry it) Look at your local hardware store, True Value, Lowe's, or Home Depot for a BBQ , high heat paint, it comes in black, silver, and brown. If you want a bright color go to your local Auto parts store and get high heat ENGINE paint. **REMEMBER TO USE REALLY LIGHT COATS on the screen part.. or you plug up all the holes.
  • Lenore
    on Sep 30, 2017

    Is there a specific type paint I should use? Due to the heat?
  • B. Enne
    on Sep 30, 2017

    Use high heat or barbecue paint, after cleaning.
  • Chasecatrina
    on Nov 20, 2017

    Brass cleans very well with ketchup. It takes ALOT of it and a little time but it will get it clean. And, possibly an oven cleaner of some sort.

  • Lisa S.
    on Nov 21, 2017

    Scrub with brillo / cleaner and a brush. Spray paint using heat proof paint made for grills and such.
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