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Projects Can U identify the metal used on these finials & how do I clean them??

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by oldfart, Jul 12, 2012.

  1. The bumper on the 28 Chevy that I bought here on the HAMB has some nice finials on each end.The finials are corroded,tarnished and dull so I've tried several things to shine them.
    One has a scratch and the metal under the corrosion is a shiny yellow.

    I bought a can of "Brasso" which claims to polish brass,copper,stainless,chrome,aluminum,pewter & bronze did nothing.
    I very lightly tried a Brillo pad, Turtle wax Chrome & metal cleaner,just plain soap & water,all to no avail.. Any ideas?

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  2. Atwater Mike
    Joined: May 31, 2002
    Posts: 10,162

    Atwater Mike

    Lee Iacocca had a similar problem with the Statue of Liberty. (don't know the extent of the solution, but the Lady was all apart...)
  3. squirrel
    Joined: Sep 23, 2004
    Posts: 46,372


    They are probably nickel plated brass, and most of the nickel has corroded away over the years. If you want them shiny, get them replated.

    I could be wrong
  4. GothboY
    Joined: Feb 12, 2007
    Posts: 214

    from SoCal

    From here it looks to be bronze. We get old urns at work here once in a while that look just like that. we use brasso too, but it takes like way beyond forever to get them ok again. Dont know a better solution. -GothY-
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  5. 19-c
    Joined: Jun 15, 2009
    Posts: 1,068


    what about a buffer and some tripoli
  6. squirrel
    Joined: Sep 23, 2004
    Posts: 46,372


    btw it's gonna look funny with something shiny sticking out of all that rust...once you start, you can't stop, and you'll end up restoring the whole car.
  7. Brasso I think they still make it.
  8. Slick Willy
    Joined: Aug 3, 2008
    Posts: 3,010

    Slick Willy

    Use a scotch brite red pad and twist it evenly around. Then you can use lemon juice or brasso etc to rub a nice finish onto it...
    then as soon as you touch it, it will turn black again...
  9. Looks to me to be nickel plated steel that has been polished off and the copper is oxidizing. Paint them or replate them in nickel.
  10. You DOG :D! I was trying to get those bumpers off of the seller a while ago!!!

    If I ever get back to FL, will you let me take some good pics/sketches/tracings of them?

    Congrats, Bill
  11. Oh, you might try some Wright's Silver polish, if there's any nickel left on the finials :)

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