Caring for your Brass Products
Posted: May 03 2016
Brass offers a timeless aesthetic and an element of luxury to all giftable products. It is necessary however, to polish un-lacquered brass to maintain its brilliance and high gloss look. Alternatively, an aged/antique feel will be achieved if left to tarnish which can have equal appeal.
The tarnish is caused by oxidation which is actually a reaction to prevent further corrosion, this can be removed when cleaned with any high quality polish. Oxidation occurs when the item is regularly handled. All Man Gun Bear brass items are un-lacquered so here's a few simple tips on how to maintain them:
- Buy the best metal polish available to you. We would recommend Brasso but any high quality polish will be suitable to achieve a rich patina on the brass.
- Use an old, soft cotton T-shirt or similar to apply the polish and follow the directions on the bottle.
- Buff dry with a clean cloth after application, again using an old soft cotton T-shirt as brass is soft and will scratch.
- To remove candle wax or any other , soften accumulated wax with hot tap water, remove the wax with a soft sponge, cloth, or fingernail, and clean with warm soapy water.
We would recommend carrying out this process 3-4 times per year.
We do offer stainless steel and aluminium bronze as alternative materials which do not tarnish, however, brass is still an extremely popular choice despite the maintenance involved. Most people will agree it's a small inconvenience to pay for the pleasure of owning solid brass items.