scouts-l Mail Archive for June of 2000: FOUND IT! Brass Polishing
Cheryl Singhal (csinghal@CAPACCESS.ORG
Mon Jun 12 1972 - 12:52:09 CDT
In fact, I found several decent possibilities. (g)
1. make a paste, equal parts flour, salt, vinegar; rub on, wash off, buff
2. lemon juice with cream of tartar (this is one I "remembered"). one
place says mix into a paste and rub on, let sit 5 minutes, rub again, wash
off. The other said soak'n'rinse. This one is NOT CHEAP! Cream Tartar is
3. mix water and FAB laundry detergent (FAB required), immerse object,
soak 1 hour, remove and rinse clean.
4. wash in weak ammonia and water mixture.
5. 1/2 Gallon white vinegar, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 Tablespoon soap powder,
1/3 Gallon HOT water. Mix, swish object briskly through several times
6. make a paste of salt and lemon juice and rub on.
I tried the Cream tartar soaking one. Using 1/3 C (fake) lemon juice and
1 teaspoon cream tartar, I got enough mixture to almost cover a 3in
square "ashtray". I soaked it while I ate a sandwich, used an old
toothbrush to be sure I got down into the crevices, and washed. It's not
a "new" shine, it's not quite as good as Brasso and elbow grease, but
it's shiny and easy. Because this one is expensive, I'll try the flour,
salt and vinegar next.