We recently were looking at doors and windows for a project at our shop. On the Marvin Window site was a page entitled “Caring for Doors & Windows“. You can find this page and read it yourself by clicking here. It is a lengthy page to read but a good take away from it, answers a question that comes up from time to time. ”Why did the factory finish fail on my brass door hardware ?” Marvin goes through a whole laundry list as to what may happen. BUT, the import statement is that they recommend as soon as the hardware is installed that a paste furniture wax or non abrasive automotive wax be applied immediately and maintained frequently thereafter. This is something the sales person at your local lumber yard or millwork dealer probably forgot to mention. Once that factory finish has failed, you really don’t have much choice but to remove it . Marvin also on this page has recommendations how to do this. BUT again, after one removes this factory finish you really don’t have a choice but periodic polishing to keep the hardware looking the way you like it to shine. Particularly if it is exposed to the elements. A product that fits this requirement is made by Flitz, called Flitz Faucet Wax +. You can buy some by clicking here. It is recommended by Flitz for use on doors, outdoor lighting fixtures, faucets, tubs, showers, vanities, fireplace doors and more. It removes fingerprints, carbon, soot, makeup, hair spray and soap & lime deposits. It is safe to use on lacquer, clearcoat, powder coat, gold-plated finishes, living finishes, oil-rubbed finishes, acrylics, fiberglass, polyurethane, granite, marble, Corian,® and other solid surfaces. Flitz states that it will not dull polished metal and that it seals, polishes & protects with its creme-like carnauba & beeswax formula that won’t scratch. We have used this product numerous times and it lives up to the hype.
Numerous reports locally of the passing of Bernice Madigan. She was the oldest women in Massachusetts at 115 years and 163 days old. She was a truly lovely person and will be missed by all. If you would like to read a nice local article and see past pictures of events in her life, click here.
This week we were among the lucky few that received a Christmas letter from Bennie Madigan. At 115 years old she is not only the eldest in our home state of Massachusetts, but also number 5 in the world and number 4 in the US. Her new motto is ” I intend to live forever. So far so good.” Merry Christmas Aunt Bennie and Merry Christmas to all our readers too.
Came across a tin container of vintage keys at a tag sale this weekend. Today we used some Wenol metal polish to clean up a No 60 Ford Model T key , a no 2926 Master key made in Milwaukee, an Eagle Lock Co key made in Terryville, Conn and an old Lane Chest key. As you can see from the before and after pictures a little dab of Wenol red polish and a rather aggressive wipe with a microfiber cloth is all that was needed to take decades of crud off these keys and make them look new. Just for a little added zing we did do a last rub with Wenol blue polish to put on a show room like finish. If you would like to buy some Wenol red or blue for yourself, please click here to purchase it from our recommended supplier. The are running a special limited time offer on a tube of each Wenol red & blue which you can get by clicking here.