From a recent e-mail from Charlie, a user of Simichrome metal polish. Thanks for sharing your pictures too!
"Looking forward to receiving the next shipment of simichrome polish. It is the best I have found for polishing the brass of my 1913 Model T Ford. Your product does the job well and in record time. I'll be back often and I always recommend Simichrome to the other owners of brass era antique cars."
We usually only do posts on how to polish all types of metal. But in today’s post we will show you how to age bright brass hardware. If you have older furniture many people do not want to put stark shiny brass on it . A better way to go is an aged finish that blends in so well with the furniture that it doesn’t catch your eye. Below are step by step instructions as well as pictures before, after and during the process. It took us about 15 minutes to do the job shown.
- Brass aging solution
- 0000 steel wool
- Nitrile gloves
- Container for holding aging solution
- Needle nose pliers
- Paper Towels
- Funnel to filter used aging solution
A caveat here in that this aging process will only produce good results with brass hardware which does not have a lacquer coating or any other type of hard finish on it. Any plastic container works well as long as it has a flat bottom. Pour as much aging solution in it as needed so a to completely submerge the item under the liquid. Place the items to be aged into the aging solution bath and move them around a bit so as to dislodge any air bubbles that might be on the items. Watch and wait until they get as dark as you would like them. When they are about the color you like or even a bit darker, we use a pair of needle nose pliers to pick them up and place them on a paper towel to dry. Once you wipe them dry with the paper towel, we usually don a pair of nitrile gloves to keep our hands clean while handling the brass. Then take a small piece of 0000 steel wool ( very fine ) and gently buff the brass to the desired sheen. If it is not dark enough or if there is a spot of bright brass showing somewhere, just dip it back in the solution and repeat the process. The nice thing about aging hardware this way is that no two pieces are exactly alike. Much more in keeping in the way that brass ages naturally. Versus buying aged hardware in one of the big box stores where it is either spatter coated to look old or has a factory finish on it that makes them look all alike. When you are done with the brass aging liquid, line a funnel with a paper towel, or use a coffee filter, and pour the solution back into the brass ager bottle. This will filter out any debris and you can then re-sue the liquid over and over. Don’t worry if the brass comes out to dark, you can always use a little Simichrome polish available at Simichrome.com Looking for a nice selection of brass furniture hardware? Try our recommended supplier WinterBrookFarmAntiques.com
All US Simichrome dealers and distributors have been sent by now the factory 2015 price increase. Effective March 1, 2015 , the list price will be $13.65 for the 1.76 ounce (50 gram) tubes, $40.75 for the small 8.82 ounce (250 gram) cans and a mind boggling $99.95 for the 35.27 ounce (1000 gram) large cans. That is a weighted average of 5 1/4 % increase in price. Simichrome normally increases prices once per year. But they are always subject to change without notice. If you are a volume user of this metal polish, you might want to think about stocking up a little at the old prices. You might catch someone with old inventory available. Our recommended online site to buy this product is of course Simichrome.com
Sorry you missed it ! One of our sponsors had informed us that they have too much O’Keefe’s Working Hands hand cream in stock. If your hands crack and you need good healing relief, that would have been a great time to try this product. If you are already a user of O’Keeffe’s creams, that would have been good time to stock up . You could have bought up to a dozen of those and have a good stock for yourself through the winter and spring months for the same shipping price. They won’t last long at that $4.00 price.They’re gone.