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post #1 of 5 Old 09-10-2019, 06:30 PM Thread Starter
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Cleaning up old metal drawer pulls/knobs

I've taken to snatching good pulls and knobs from "roadside" furniture.

I recently snatched a few nice "brass" pulls from a trashed, but one-time nice real wood dresser. They are not old (as in antique), but are old as in dirty/discolored from use. They are hollow on the back and use modern fastening screws. I'm assuming the brass is just the standard plate on pot metal.

How best to clean them up? Would something like silver or aluminum polish work?

I'm sure some would not find it worth it to clean them up, but I'm betting they'd go for at least $5-10 each new retail. I see this as both recycling (I'm environmentally conscious), and money saving.

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post #2 of 5 Old 09-11-2019, 07:36 AM
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They are not of a $5 value unless solid brass.

If they are brass then I would use brass polish. A buffing wheel on your grinder may come in handy. If you think they are plated, then stay away from powered buffers.

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There is a product called Brass-O. I’ve used it many times. Works great.

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I have a lawyer's bookcase in my office at home. The knobs are all brass, but somehow one knob missed the lacquer coating. They are all shiny except that one patina'd knob. By the time we realized the issue, the seller was long gone out of business.

It is still dull. It is one of those little chores that you only remember when you open that one cabinet, which does not happen often. The entire bookcase was cheaply made. I wish I knew more about joinery when we bought it a couple decades ago.
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Another vote for Brasso. Gentle enough to not damage the plating, but gets a nice shine. Takes some elbow grease though

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