My Dad finished restoration of a 1911 in 1992. He lacquered the brass at that time. Much of it needs cleaned, polished, and relacquered. I have been able to go through the lacquer in some areas with brasso and elbow greese but am looking for a better way to remove the lacquer. Any suggestions? As of this time I do not wish to remove all of the brass from the car but work on it in sections.
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Depends on what he used. Could have been baked on, could be lacquer, enamel, or something else. We tried a ton of different finishes before we got one that worked right. Try using Xylene to take it off. The most probably reason it tarnished is improper cleaning after buffing. Our favorite sealer (Everclear) needs to be cleaned with alcohol, then xylene until a white rag comes away clean. Skip a step or do a half-a$$d job and it will tarnish under the coating.
The brass restorer here in Cincinnati says you can wipe it off with lacquer thinner or MEK. Be sure to do this outside!
Looks very familiar Royce only Dad painted the fenders, splash aprons, and running boards black and used pin striping on natural wood wheels. Have black tires as well.
Thanks all for the advise everyone. Really appreciate it.
I use acetone to remove the lacquer and polish with semichrome. I then use a thin coat of auto wax. I never use lacquer. It always tarnishes under the lacquer. Nice looking 1911.
Denatured alcohol works great on old laquer but it's nasty nasty stuff.Rubber gloves and outdoor work is a must if you value your liver.It's absorbed very easy through your skin!
I do the same thing as you do except the speedometer cable is lacquered because it is so hard to polish. Will probably have the horn tube done that way too.
One thing about having a pink T is that you can find it easy at a big Model T show.