Polishing handsaw brass screws

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Forum topic by ToddJB posted 04-15-2013 08:12 PM 1418 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-15-2013 08:12 PM


This maybe super common knowledge, but I had never heard it before and it worked AMAZINGLY well and fast.

Bought an old handsaw a couple days ago with super dirty and tarnished brass screws. Took out the screws and the medallion chucked them into my cordless drill, put it on high, put some ketchup on a shop rag and pressed it up against the screw. Took about 20 seconds of drilling per piece to get perfectly buffed and polished brass.

Worked so well. Go try it.

-- I came - I sawed - I over-built

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#1 posted 04-15-2013 11:48 PM

I hope you don’t dip your french fries in Brasso.

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#2 posted 04-16-2013 01:09 AM

I had one of those god awful days at work, so when I came home and saw this, it seemed like the perfect mind numbing distraction.

I would say it worked, but average at best for me. If nothing else, my stress is gone at least!

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#3 posted 04-16-2013 01:38 AM

I wonder if you can achieve the same result with plain vinegar? Unless you like looking like road kill…

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#4 posted 04-16-2013 03:03 AM

Yeah, lemon juice or vinegar would work just as well and look, well, less horrific. I use copper polish, unless I’m doing a derusting job on other parts, in which case I use a little citric acid.

-- ian | "You can't stop what's coming. It ain't all waiting on you. That's vanity."

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#5 posted 04-16-2013 10:43 AM

Yeah, I’m assuming there are a ton of things that will work as well if not better. This just struck me as a good change of pace last night.

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#6 posted 04-16-2013 01:10 PM

Hmmmm… I guess they were sitting in the ketchup for a few minutes, while I was working on the blade, prior to giving them a go on the shop rag. That might have made some of the difference. Plus a shop rag is a little rougher than a T-shirt – and it’s already red! Anyways worked great for me, and didn’t need any special chemicals. It’s the saw on the right. Sorry I didn’t get a closer picture.

-- I came - I sawed - I over-built

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