Is there a way to clean up gold fixtures in the bathroom?

Sharon Billac
by Sharon Billac
Bath faucet need a refurbishing. I'm trying to make them look better without replacing them.
  6 answers
  • Darla Darla on May 31, 2015
    First you need to determine whether that is a deposit over the gold finish or if the finish itself is corroded off. If it is corroded off about all you can do is paint them.
  • B. Enne B. Enne on May 31, 2015
    I agree with @Darla. I'm thinking they are damaged. You could have them re-plated if you really love them. Sometimes it costs more than new ones. However since you specifically asked about cleaning, I would avoid anything acid-based.
  • Elaine Simmons Elaine Simmons on Jun 01, 2015
    Make sure they are cleaned well and if you have rough spots, sand them. Then go to Home Depot or Lowes and buy some spray paint in one of the metal finishes. Then spray away. Many people have done this to fixtures and they look great and hold up well too.
  • Liz123 Liz123 on Jun 01, 2015
    Wish I could remember the name of it, but there is a company in Florida that sells a kit that is a diy home re-plate system. A few years ago, I got ordered it to spruce up gold fixtures for the home we were about to sell. It really worked for me.
    • Elaine Simmons Elaine Simmons on Jun 02, 2015
      @B. Enne My x-husband used to do this on automobile emblems and it is not an easy process for a layman. You could probably buy a new fixture cheaper than you could gold plate it yourself.
  • Carolyn Ball-Hanson Carolyn Ball-Hanson on Jun 02, 2015
    I think that your fixtures are probably brass. First try a good brass polish on them (you may need to use a little steel wool first) They may be lacquered. This is the bain of my existence .It's done to prevent them from tarnishing, but inevitably a small nick or scratch let's air under the lacquer and you have a mess. If you think that this is the case treat with lacquer thinner (sold in hardware stores) and try polishing again.