How To Clean Up Vintage Metal Hardware ~ the Easy-peasy Way!

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Here's a quick tip for restoring vintage metal hardware to its shiny glory using a product found in most refrigerators.
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This is what the hardware looked like on a vintage buffet I am painting.
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I kind of liked how the patina looked, but the handles felt a little … (ew!) grimy.
So I cracked open an ice cold Mountain Dew.
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Red Solo Cup ... I lift you up!
But this wasn’t a party—just an easy-peasy way to clean gunk and grime off of metal drawer handles.
I plopped the handles into the Mountain Dew and let them soak.
NOTE: It does not have to be Mountain Dew—that’s just what I had in my fridge. You can use any carbonated beverage.
ANOTHER NOTE: DON’T DRINK IT!! (You wouldn’t think I would have to say that … but I said it to my 3-year-old about three times today!)
Here’s what the handles looked like a few hours later.
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The handle on the left is fresh out of the Mountain Dew bath. It looks a little bit brighter than the “before” shot.
The handle on the right shows what it looks like after a little bit of elbow grease. I do mean just a little bit. The grime was coming off easily just by rubbing the hardware with my thumb. I gave it a good scrub with a scouring pad and you can see a big difference now. Look at that pretty flower detail.
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  • VS
    on Dec 31, 2018

    Would this work to spray on metal bands attached to an old old vintage steam trunk? I’m afraid if I take them off I will not be able to reattach them. Also the rest of it looks like it was painted unprofessionally and needs to be stripped. Any ideas on that?

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  • Carolyn Hoxton
    on Aug 30, 2016

    I have used tomato juice or ketchup, and it will take tarnish off brass, for sure.

  • Gonzalez-Moreno Samuel
    on Oct 29, 2017

    Wlle thanks you I will use the idea of some one else too.
    put a drop of dawn dish soap and one can of carbonated water, if that do not work I will try one more time.
    one drop of dawn or dish soap, sodium bicarbonate 1/2 teaspoon, and one can of coca cola., by the way if the nuts in do not want to turn around I Spray them with Coca Cola wait and try couple more times.

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