I have a Forties era brass floor lamp that needs rebrassing or TLC in

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It appears rusty and coating is flaking from the base.
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q i have a forties era brass floor lamp that needs rebrassing or tlc in
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  • Shoshana Shoshana on Jan 09, 2018
    Squeeze a few drops of dish-washing liquid into the bottom of a large plastic cup and fill the cup with hot water to make suds. Dip a microfiber cloth or other soft rag into the water and wash the lamp. For areas that are difficult to reach, scrub with a soft toothbrush. Dry the lamp with a soft, clean rag. Saturate a cotton ball with nail polish remover or ammonia and wipe the lamp to remove the lacquer. Do this step outdoors or in a well-ventilated room. Wash the lamp with soapy water again and wipe it dry. Apply a drop of brass cleaner to a clean cloth. Wipe the entire piece, working in the direction of the grain. Allow the cleaner to dry to a white film. Wipe away the film by buffing with a clean microfiber cloth. Take the lamp outdoors and spray on a light coat of lacquer or polyurethane spray, holding the can 6 inches from the lamp. Apply two to three light coats rather than one heavy coat to avoid drips.

  • Kathy Dart Kathy Dart on Jan 09, 2018
    Try Barkeeper's Friend to get rid of the stains.....sold in supermarkets, Walmart, Home Depot & Lowe's....it's fantastic...

  • Barbara Weber Barbara Weber on Jan 09, 2018
    just prepped one very like yours. Washed with white vinegar, used Rust-Oleum primer spray, and it's ready to spray with metallic gray Rust-Oleum. This spray also comes in brass if you want to keep the brass look. I sprayed 4 brass lamps this summer with this method, they were pretty sad but really look great now with the metallic gray which is my accent color. Sorry, no way to send pictures. Google spray painting lamps.

  • Polly Alexander Polly Alexander on Jan 09, 2018
    I have one of these lamps that needs new wiring. I have rewired simple table lamps, any ideas on how to do a 3 way? With 4 bulbs?

  • Beverly Beverly on Jan 09, 2018
    I chalk painted one like this in white for my cottage...love it!



  • Ginny Ginny on Jan 09, 2018
    My mother had a 1920s lamp re-brassed for me many yrs. ago, and it has lasted to this day. I recommend having lamp professionally done.

  • Chrystine Dimitry Chrystine Dimitry on Jan 12, 2018
    I have the same lamp!! I agree with Shoshana; clean it carefully, polish, and re-lacquer to restore it. If you don't care about keeping it original, though, painting it is always an option. Your lamp, your choice!!

  • Caren Lee Stevens Caren Lee Stevens on Aug 04, 2022

    Yes they did.