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Old 11-09-2012, 07:07 AM
 
Location: Dallas
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I just bought an antique lamp with a pierced brass base. The lamp is in great condition, except for some areas on the brass where the finish is gone. I don't really want to experiment on fixing it, so would appreciate some ideas on an inexpensive way to restore it.
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Old 11-09-2012, 09:00 PM
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Location: MA/NH
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So is the lamp only brass plated not solid brass? Can you post a picture of the lamp?

Basically with antique brass or copper items, you don't ever want to polish them to a bright shiny finish. They are meant to look dark and tarnished... and hopefully evenly tarnished.
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Old 11-13-2012, 09:00 PM
 
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Has the lamp been lacquered? I hope not, as it's extremely hard to remove, and old lacquer tends to wear unevenly, leaving unsightly spots.

If it's just tarnished, there are many good brass polishes available. All require varying degrees of elbow grease as well.
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Old 11-20-2012, 12:42 PM
 
Location: 39 20' 59"N / 75 30' 53"W
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I just bought an antique lamp with a pierced brass base. The lamp is in great condition, except for some areas on the brass where the finish is gone. I don't really want to experiment on fixing it, so would appreciate some ideas on an inexpensive way to restore it.
Old brass 75-100yrs old and other non ferrous metals can get dark and rusty looking. The finish may only appear to be gone.

Until its clean you don't know what metals you've got.

But agree with Miu, cleaning off the years of patina and oxidation decrease the value.
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