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Posted on JAX chemicals on brass hardware: Help!

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#1 posted 01-12-2011 05:23 PM

to make any patina “permanent” on softer metals such as brass, silver, copper, gold etc… you have to brush it with either a steel or brass bristle brush. the steel gives a “whiter” shine and the brass a “yellowish” one. if you don’t it will simply rub or wash off. to prep the surface clean it with a clear, unscented ammonia, rinse with water, dry it off and apply your patina solution, then BRASS BRUSH IT. you can even use a flex-shaft or drill attachment to do this, i recommend it simply because it is much faster but WEAR EYE AND FACE PROTECTION because they do throw the tiny wire bits from the brush EVERYWHERE!
another note: pour a small amount of your patina solution into a separate cup for use and discard what you do not use, if you pour the used solution back into the bottle or put your application brush directly into the bottle you WILL contaminate the bottle and weaken your solution.

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