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Old 06-04-2011, 19:30   #1
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Cleaning Silicon Bronze Hardware

Whats anyone's favorite method for cleaning silicon bronze hardware thats been left for a few years without cleaning or polish. ( not me of course, the po)
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Old 06-04-2011, 19:47   #2
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Re: cleaning silicon bronze hardware

The previous owner of our boat painted it all white, then sold the boat. I just spent a couple hours today in the aft cabin with a pocket knife starting to chip paint away, while the kids played on the beach, and then I don't know what I'll do...guess I need an answer to this one as much as the OP.
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Re: cleaning silicon bronze hardware

use paint stripper to remove the paint,clean with acetone then mix salt and vinegar in a saucepan,heat till salt dissolves,then paint on the bronze,once bright, dry and spray with hair laquer
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Re: cleaning silicon bronze hardware

I've been using Never-Dull most of my life. Still on the same can. Of course all I have is a bell, and brass barometer to polish. The rest is all stainless.
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Old 06-04-2011, 20:45   #5
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Pick your poison for polishing, Brasso works as good as any... If your aim is to remove that beautiful green patina and buff your bronze to a shine, you're on a fools errand. The shine will dull, then fade and tarnish within a week or two, and then you get to rub all that bronze again for hours and hours. Coating your polished bronze with a clear lacquer will only buy you a couple weeks extra before the tarnish process begins all over again. Think green... you will be much happier.
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Re: cleaning silicon bronze hardware

You're all kidding, right? Ketchup is what you use to polish brass - surely everyone who has been in the guides or scouts knows that...
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Re: Cleaning Silicon Bronze Hardware

Ketchup, yes I have a vague memory of that, but it's been over 40 years. Brasso I swore I'd never use after I got out of the Guard, but I have a can on the boat for the patinaed bell. Atoll, Thank you, I'm going to give your concoctions a try! I can't wait to have bronze windows looking out the stern!
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Re: Cleaning Silicon Bronze Hardware

Water and soap first, rubbed with bronze wool or a brillo pad. Gets rid of the green but keeps the patina. Lacker would help keeping it but I haven't got the time.

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