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Polished Brass

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Polished Brass

I love shiny polished brass.... ! ... Probably, because one of my jobs, when I joined my first ship..... H.M.S. Diana, in Malta, way back when....... was to polish the D.F. loops just above the bridge roof... It was a great job,... as it meant I was up in the fresh air, with the Mediterranean sun, Blue Sky, and slight breeze... In Sliema Creek, Malta.... used to take about 40 minutes.. but I dragged it out ! ! ..
Now I have some Morse keys, that have a Brass content... and I like to keep them shining... but... over a period of time, ( about 1 month )... they start to "dull off"... so my query is......
What would you use to preserve the freshly polished brass surfaces.... ?
I have tried spray on lacquer, but this also seems to "dull off" after a time, and, of course is a devil to remove to re-polish .
Examples of my keys are on my blogsite.... http://nemosphotography.blogspot.co.uk/
and ....  http://nemosphotography.blogspot.co.uk/2013/09/admiralty-pattern-7681-morse-key.html
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Re: Polished Brass

Polish the brass then keep it stored in a pure Argon or Nitrogen atmosphere.  Otherwise stick with the lacquer.
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Re: Polished Brass

Never had any bother keeping brass shiny, last brass thing I shined up was a stray telephone ringer bell, and that was just out of boredom, I used Peek polish on it and it's still nice and shiny about half a year on... Smiley
I guess if you live in a damp environment, brass will corrode faster, so, maybe keep it in a box or cabinet with some silica gel packs dotted about...
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Re: Polished Brass

'Buffing' with a soft cloth promotes a smoother surface (microscopically speaking) which stays shiny for longer than a surface polished with an abrasive polish.
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Re: Polished Brass

Ok... thanks guys... I did google the question... and this guy really put me off.......
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=74yhEf4ln1A
Stopped watching it almost immediately ! ! ! ..
Not keen on using the spray on lacquer.... however.... 2cv has given me an idea... perhaps ordinary spray on furniture polish would do the trick... at least, it will wipe off quite easily, before I need to re-polish, or, even be removed with the brasso!...
I keep my keys in a line on my desk,
https://www.flickr.com/photos/32369450@N02/16592407532/
and all are plugged in and ready for use...(which reminds me.... I must update that pic, to include the new solid Gold Brass key )....  so locking them away, or keeping them with silica gel is a no-no