Tarnished Fisher brass knobs: what is best to polish them?

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  1. monkboughtlunch

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    Do you spray with laquer after the Mag polish? If so, what brand of laquer?
     

     

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  2. larryderouin

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    No lacquer. Just re-polish yearly or when your taste dictates. You should be able to go about 3-4 years before it gets bad. you can wax them with straight carnauba wax after polishing which will help keep them shiny. No cleaner wax. Johnsons or Butcher's paste wax is fine.
     
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  3. monkboughtlunch

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    Tried the Mothers polish on one of my knobs that had bad tarnish spots. It removed most the tarnish. But the result is that the center portion of the top cap has a highly reflective mirror like finish, while the outer portion of the top cap still has the original brushed look. How can I now return the look of the top cap to "stock?"

    It seems like the originals were more brushed and not highly reflective.

    In the photo below you see the lens of the smartphone reflected in the mirror like finish while just outside of that area is the original brushed look. My other end caps are not tarnished so I'd like to be able to just fix this one and not mess with the others to make the match.

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  4. monkboughtlunch

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    Here's a better view of the polished knob in relation to the other knobs. The knob with the arrow had some bad tarnish spots (which the other knobs did not) and it was polished with Mother's Mag polish that was recommended by others earlier in this thread.

    Mother's Mag did remove the tarnish -- but the center became super shiny -- almost mirror like. It is now visually inconsistent with the other knobs.

    Now that the tarnish on that knob is removed, is there a way to return the brass cap it to it's original appearance so it's consistent with the other brass knob caps on the receiver?

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  5. thomo57

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    Some sort of matt laquer possibly
     
  6. audmod01

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    I had an old can of Brasso from the early 1960s and it had a petroleum base rather than using ammonia. I believe it was mostly an abrasive as it wore down through any lacquer finish over brass that was not corroded. We were expected to remove the protective lacquer from belt buckles and polish the brass even though it never looked as good as it did with the lacquer on it to begin with - go figure! I bought a plastic bottle of Brasso recently to use on some brass door pulls of a cabinet I was working on. It was a very slow go. I finally brought out a container of Turtle Chrome Polish and it worked faster for me even on brass.

    As someone mentioned above, the ammonia smell of the current Brasso product is rather strong. It also really messes with a person's skin, so impervious gloves are a good idea.

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  7. larryderouin

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    Yeah. Those Utilities buckles too.
     
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