I can not tell you how often we hear back in our e-mails that Simichrome is regarded as the litmus test for bakelite . Even if you buy or sell on eBay or Etsy and you can go on and on with other websites and dealers, always you will hear or see that this particular item passes the Simichrome test. If you would like to see step by step instruction on how the test is done along with pictures showing you items that pass or fail and the appropriate colors you can do so by clicking HERE and going to one of our previous posts on this subject. Here is a recent e-mail received this past month about the Simichrome test.
“I will use it on Bakelite, which is highly collectible. It has been mentioned many time on Ebay as a great cleaner and polisher, and a dab on a q-tip and rubbed on an item can prove if the item is true bakelite and not just a later plastic.”
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“I have been using Semichrome for years, usually on antiques. I have purchased from you in the past, but it has been several years. I Googled Semichrome and recognized you name so I thought I would give you repeat business. Here are a few pictures of a 165 year old English “Tall Clock” I’ve been restoring. You can easily see the beautiful job Semichrome has done on the brass.”
This is getting to be an annual event, writing an off topic post about the town of Cheshire’s favorite daughter. Bernice Madigan has turned 114 !! Born on July 24, 1899, Mrs Madigan is not only the oldest resident of Massachusetts but also the 4th oldest in the world confirmed by Guinness World Records. Still living at the Rolling Acres Farm, Aunt Bennie has told everyone that she is aiming for the record. Seeing the great loving care she is getting from her family, I would not bet against her if I were you.
This post is to show how easy it is to brighten the finish of mid century brass pulls with Wenol Red & Blue metal polish.
- Tube of Wenol Red Polish
- Tube of Wenol Ultra Soft (Blue) Polish
- Nirile Gloves
- Horse Hair Detail Brush
- Microfiber Cloth
Instruction and Application:
- Squeeze a small amount of the Wenol polish out of the red tube onto the brass backplate. A small length of 1/4 inch or so is more than enough for each pull.
- Spread the polish evenly with your finger tips. If you have some nitrile gloves, it spreads easier and also keeps your hands clean.
- Let the Wenol polish sit and work for a minute or so. Make sure you have covered all surfaces including tight areas where the bail mount joins the backplate so that you get an even finish.
- Wipe off the Wenol polish before it dries and crusts over with a soft cloth or even a paper towel. If you have a soft horse hair brush it is useful for taking out the polish that can get caught in tight crevices.
- Take a microfiber cloth and buff to the desired sheen. If you woul like a higher shine, apply the polish again. It took less than 5 minutes on each of the pulls we polished.
- For an even higher shine and some longer protection from corrosion, as a last step apply Wenol Ultra Soft polish in the blue tube. It gives you an awesome finish.