I have some stains on my brass radiator( from over flow of water/antifreeze) I'd like to remove. Is there a polishing attachment that goes on an electric drill you guys are aware of? I have several types of brass polish, but I'm pretty sure there is an easier way to remove these stains.
Thanks in advance!
This one works well I know it says aluminum but just use your favorite brass polish with it
Some fine steel wool helps along with the metal polish. Do not use a real course steel wool as it will leave scratches.
You didn't post any pictures, but as you can see, I have the same problem with antifreeze seeping out from under the coolant filler neck and staining and tarnishing the heck out of my brass radiator. The tarnish can get surprisingly crusty.
Equally surprising was that a few dabs of polish on a soft cloth could get rid of this crud completely. In my case, it took about five minutes worth of moderate elbow grease (and no power tools—and CERTAINLY NO STEEL-WOOL!!!) If your tarnish looks like mine, maybe this is the answer for you, too:
Get a small tub of Prism Polish (the paste, not the liquid), dab some on and rub with a soft cloth until the tarnish disappears.
Find their website here: prismpolish.com
This stuff is absolutely nothing like Brasso, Simichrome, Cape Cod, Mother's, Nevr-Dull, etc. I've tried them all and Prism Polish is in a class by itself (No, I don't hold stock in the company).
Checked Amazon - $11.95 and prime eligible. 5 star rating.
Use eagle chrome cleaner rence with water then use any good polish flitz or other cleaner will remove tarnish and clean use rag
Go to the nearest Home Depot or Lowes. You can get a rubber vanity sink washer for $1. It is exactly the right diameter to fit under the radiator cap. After that your radiator neck won't leak all over the pretty brass any more.
Vanity sink washer. Got it. Thanks.
Yep, the neoprene washer that the suppliers sell does indeed look like a vanity sink washer:
Ha! Don Lang is a smart business man. It's a vanity sink gasket....
Oh. Yeah. I already have one of those. My problem is seepage where the filler neck is riveted to the radiator. I'm guessing it needs to be soldered somehow.
Red Rouge buffing compound on a buffing wheel is how jewellers and platers polish metal to a mirror like shine. Comes in a block and is held to the revolving buffing wheel. You can read about it and purchase it from www.mcmaster.com. Type buffing compounds into the search box. Jim Patrick
If you haven't already read thru this one:
when you have time, perhaps you may consider doing so. Maybe it is indeed as you suspect - a bad joint between top tank and filler neck.
Speedy recovery to you.
Bob, since the filler neck is already held secure by the rivets, maybe some thin epoxi applied on the inside would be able to stop the leakage, at least for quite a while?
Thanks for the link. I don't have a soldering iron large and hot enough to do the job and a torch might discolor the brass, so I really need to take it to a radiator shop that specializes in antique cars. There's one within 25 miles of me.
Yeah, I was thinking of some kind of epoxy or clear silicone, but—I dunno—that kind of thing is like a temporary band-aid in place of the correct repair.
Dave and Roger,
For the moment, until I have the time to get the thing done right, the leakage is minimal and as long as I remember to wipe the water beads up with a rag when I park the car, no tarnish occurs. The answer is the Cap-A-Radiator shop.
Thanks for responding.
Michael, in an earlier post this week the discussion centered on who can repair the solder joint. I piped in with a comment about using a winged motor meter and the feeling I have (experience) that it causes too much vibration from wind and weight. Others did not agree with me but I know what my experience has been. I got rid of the wings for a dog bone. No problems
Iam responding to Michel Grady.
I use Simichrome Polish to remove stubborn spots
on my brass. I maintain the brass with Cape Cod brass polish.Any spot that does not come off,I use
Muriatic acid thinned 50-50 with water and a cotton
swab to remove the spot.
The proper term for those washers is "Mack Basin Washer" available at any hardware store .
I wound up buying an air driven polisher and used Prism. Works like a charm and looks brand new!
Goodness - that black stuff gets all over though