is regular home depot lacquer the same coating they put on brass when you pay someone to polish and protect?
I want to lacquer the brass hood clips and small items on the car because they could be a challenge to polish, but I do not want to ruin them.
Thank you in advanced. Bob
Robert I don't know but I do use clear gloss lacquer on small parts and so far with great success.
I use clear gloss lacquer on brass machine gun rounds for my military vehicle display. I know they use it on furniture as well. Don't know why it wouldn't work, but explain if it is the same stuff that others use.
My understanding is that it's not the same at all. It's a baked on finish that's far more durable. I think it's also far harder to remove when it starts looking bad, which shouldn't be for many years.
Never put it on a radiator
I had the cowl and tail lamps lacquered on my 1912 touring by a musical instrument specialist in 2008. They are slowly turning dark under the lacquer. I don't think I would do this again. It does not hold up.
I would never use big box lacquer, because it is formulated for general use. If you feel that you do want to use a lacquer, I would suggest Behlen Brass Lacquer, as found on Amazon. It seems to work well, and for me, after about 5 years, it seems to be holding up. I would only use it on small, hard to polish parts, since I have found that removing lacquers is often a "chocolate mess"...
If you want to coat brass (not the radiator) I suggest automotive clear coat with an accelerator.
This is the coating used on base coat clear coat paint jobs used today. The clear coat today has some flexibility with expansion and contraction. Older clears such as lacquers are stiff and rigid and have no give therefore they get very small splits and cracks and then the brass will tarnish.
I have used both aerosol lacquer that comes in a can and is labeled for this purpose and professional clear gloss automotive spray gun lacquer, to protect polished brass. I stopped using the aerosol lacquer, as it invariably dulls the high shine of the polished brass and sometimes fogs up, while the clear gloss automotive spray gun lacquer always gives good results and does not diminish the high shine of the polished brass. Be sure to wipe the brass down good with a clean, soft, lint free cloth before applying the lacquer to remove all traces of brass polish. After doing this, you will be surprised at how much residue is on the cloth. Jim Patrick
I use Mohawk aerosol brass lacquer on small parts like bolts,nuts, dash brackets and other small things that are hard to keep up. It will last for three or four years. To get it off just soak in lacquer thinner and recoat.
The lacquer is made to put on brass or brass plated metal.
I would never put any of the clear coat with hardener in it on brass. It is almost impossible to remove.
I like the look of freshly shined brass!!!
50 years ago I purchased a gallon of Durachem brass coating enamel and a gallon of their thinner and I still have most of it.
You coat the brass with a thin spray coat and then bake it in the oven at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. I suppose it is actually a clear automotive baked enamel.
When I worked at Airesearch doing Technical illustrations in 1952 the wording in the maintenance manuals had the mechanics clean the actuators and spray paint them with a good black enamel. Then they were baked as hot as 400 degrees to cure the enamel. They never used lacquer.
Durachem is what is used when making brass lamps and chandeliers.
Maybe that's the wrong Durachem. There seems to be many...