Cleaning brass or copper


How do I clean brass and copper? I would like to get this back to the original shine. I have used ketchup,vinegar, salt and barkeepers friend.

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  • Jewellmartin Jewellmartin on Jun 17, 2018
    Isn’t this lovely? But I suspect this was only brass plated or painted. Since you have cleaned the piece lovingly, I suggest you spray paint it brass or copper, then finish it with highlights of burnished copper, and even seal it with polyethylene. Or painting it a bright blue, with burnishing wax, keeps coming to my mind. Enjoy your treasure. ☺️

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    • Jewellmartin Jewellmartin on Jun 18, 2018
      Linda, no special technique that I know of. At Walmart in the hardware section I found the regular and burnished metallic sprays. In the hobbies section, I found burnished wax stains. But I really think the poly is the best for shine and protection. ☺️

  • Lizbeth Lizbeth on Jun 17, 2018
    I've always used Brasso for brass. I don't know if it is more effective than what you've already used.

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Jun 17, 2018
    You have run through a bunch of products already!
    Next I would try plain white toothpaste, if that did not work then use Brasso, sold at stores like Walmart, K Mart, some grocery stores, & DIY's.

  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Jun 17, 2018
    I would try baking soda and water into a paster and apply with a soft cloth

  • Margaret Margaret on Jun 17, 2018
    Use lemon juice with salt and a very fine sand paper

  • Linda Hunt Linda Hunt on Jun 17, 2018
    All of these ideas are the go to first, but if you have no success Brasso it is as your final shot. If it was plated as suggested then sanding and painting the colour you wish is the only way to go because redipping to plate it again is astronomical!! Well done with all the suggestions everyone.

  • Linda Linda on Jun 17, 2018
    There is a product for cleaning copper. Try that.

  • Marcela Marcela on Jul 02, 2018
    I have used warm vinegar and baking soda. After is clean, paint clear varnish.

  • Carol Budd Carol Budd on Jul 02, 2018
    use “never Dull” I use it twice a year just before Easter and just before Christmas on all my silver, brass, copper works well but be sure to not leave any on the item I was in warm soapy water after and dry with soft absorbent cloth. No heavy rubbing necessary works great on aluminium and stainless steel on boats too.