Brass looks very impressive when it’s shiny and gleaming, but then again it looks very old and depressing when it’s not! That’s why it’s really important that you take the time to polish brass, to make it look sparkling new. And to make the effect last longer, you should seal newly-polished brass. Here are some of the ways to effectively seal and polish brass:
Clean the surface. The very first step is to clean the brass surface. Use a soft, clean cloth to remove all traces of dust on the surface, but be sure to apply light pressure and never rub too vigorously. For tough stains, such as grime, you may want to use a soft-bristle brush.
Another option for you is to create your own brass cleaner with natural ingredients. Here are some of your options: apply ketchup or Worcestershire sauce on the brass surface using cloth; combine salt, vinegar, and white flour and apply the paste on the surface, leave it there for an hour and then rinse and buff with cloth; or rub plain yogurt onto the brass surface, let dry, and then buff. You may even consider cleaning the surface with a solution of a tablespoon of salt and 3.3 liters of water, and then rinse and dry thoroughly.
Polish the surface. To polish brass surface, you can use commercially-available brass cleaners such as Twinkle Brass and Copper Cleaning Kit, Weiman Brash Polish and Brasso Multi-Purpose Metal Polish, all available at amazon.com. Follow instructions carefully to get the maximum effects. After polishing the brass, it’s a smart move to rub the surface with olive oil using a cloth. Olive oil is effective at delaying tarnishing.
Remove all residues from the surface. If you find that the surface has some residue left by the polish, it’s important that you remove this thoroughly. Use denatured alcohol or xylene (which are available at hardware stores) to remove the residue.
Let the surface dry. It’s very important that you dry the brass surface completely before you start applying the sealant. You may need to use a hairdryer for this step.
Apply the sealant. Once the brass surface is absolutely clean, residue-free and dry, you’re ready to use the sealant to keep the surface at this pristine state.
Apply the sealant. You may want to apply clear lacquer spray to seal the brass surface. Simply coat the surface thinly to protect the surface and keep it polished for a long time.
One of the most popular brass sealer brands is Everbrite Protective Coating, available in hardware stores. Make sure that you follow the instructions carefully, for best results. You should also work in a well-ventilated area.
There you have it! These are just some of the important things to remember if you need to seal and polish brass. Once you successfully polish and seal the brass piece, you would need to practice less maintenance cleaning on these pieces, and it will be easier to remove dust from their surfaces. Good luck, and hope this helped you out!