Wanting to know best way to take care of brass and way to remove hard tarnish thanks pat
There are a lot of good products, I happen to like "Flitz". It is a very light blue colored cream that you apply with the folded corner of a paper towel and use the rest of the towel to polish it off. It will clean the chromed front wheels of your truck when they get dirty with disk brake dust. It cleans brass and will hold up for about 90 days before you need to touch it up again. There is another brand that is pink but I don't know it's name. They sell a 40 gram tube for about $10 and quart cans for about $50. I use it to clean the brass port holes on our boats and a quart will last 10 years.
If you have really corroded brass with green fuzz on it you can apply the Flitz with 0000 steel wool and wipe it off with a paper towel.
Ralph Ricks had good luck with that blue toilet bowl cleaner. Then neutralizes it and polishes it.
If you have real bad corrosion you can use 400 wet or dry sand paper to get rid of the real nasty stuff and then use a good rubbing compound and a cotton buffing wheel to get the shine back.
The pink one sounds like MAAS. That one also works well on brass.
Since having been recently introduced to the many Mothers products because of their sponsorships of events I've found a new best brass polish!
Try some of the Mothers BILLET Metal Polish.
During the recent Kanab tour we sat in a down pour for nearly an hour in our brass '12 Torpedo. I didn't take the time to clean any of the brass during the tour and at home in the garage it still looks pretty good. I'm amazed at how well it has stood up to the weather and retained its shine.
I do like a product called Bright Boy for very old black brass. It's the fastest and easiest way to clean off all the tarnish but has no way near the deep luster and staying power of the Mothers Billet.
Ricks had better performance with some Brite Boy on some tarnished windshield parts I bet.
I don't like to use any harsh sanding or nasty chems when other products are available.
Try it you'll like it
I think the pink one is scinachome (sp)
In this case, the know-nothing newbie actually knows what he's talking about. I made a recent discovery about brass polish and when it comes to being fast and easy, nothing else comes close to Prism Polish, Heck, nothing else is even in the same zip-code (and I've used them all). If you use this stuff, you'll thank me. Get the paste, not the liquid.
Oh. I should also mention that it's no more expensive than anything else you've used. A small jar costs about twelve bucks.
I also use Mothers polish and some fine steel wool if the tarnish is real bad. Mothers also prevents tarnish for some months.
Willie, Your right about the Mothers but it has to be the Billet polish. I've tried the regular one and it sits on the shelf with all the others.
I did like Blue Magic that Brass Works uses which also leaves a silicone type film. The Mothers Billet is better,
I've never heard of the Prism polish before.
I would use the Brite Boy instead of the steel wool. Then top it off with the Mothers or other.
Aussie Forum Readers - I have just returned from Super Crap Autos, sorry I mean Super Cheap Autos, and they have 2 x tubes of Autosol metal polish for $10!!! Bought 2 tubes for the brass on the veteran.
Flitz worked great on mild brass tarnish on my 13. Easy by hand. my 19 have to use buffer almost won't cut it it had been outside since 1969 and I have owned it for 4 months thank you for replays pat
Why polish? Patina is (for me) very liberating and frees up a lot of time. My two cents worth, perhaps over valued. Smile. Bill
About two weeks ago I tried some Mothers Mag and Aluminum polish on my brass. I did the whole 1915 brass in about 20 minutes. It still looks like I just did it. This may be the same stuff as the billet others are talking about here but it worked great.
I use several brands of polish depending on the amount of tarnish. When I have a lot of tarnish, I still have some Tarnite that I use sparingly. Of course, I got rid of most of the polishing except for the radiator by having the brass cleaned and polished and then coated by a pro. He used band instrument lacquer and it came out beautiful and he said the way we expose the brass to the elements it should last 2o years. That's about 30 days of free time to me.