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Topic: Polishing brass collectibles
Message: Posted by: cbmar (Nov 14, 2012 06:36PM)
With regular antiques I always here that removing the patina hurts the value. What do you think about polishing vintage brass magic tricks? Better to make them look bright and shiny, or aged and worn?
Message: Posted by: Wizard of Oz (Nov 14, 2012 08:11PM)
Excellent question cbmar. I too have faced the same issue. I have quite a few vintage brass pieces, and as they are well-made (Brema etc.), I'm sure they would hold up well to a good polishing...yet, I always see finer brass items at auction unpolished. I hope we get some feedback here from those who know!
Message: Posted by: hugmagic (Nov 15, 2012 07:00AM)
Rick Johnson always said to use tung oil rubbed into the brass to help slow the patina. Generally, I would not polish the brass.

Richard
Message: Posted by: Sonny_Knight (Nov 25, 2012 12:49PM)
I really think it would depend on whay you have.
Some antiques really don't have that much value anyway if they aren't rare enough.
If you want to polish any metal without damage, I reccomend a product called 'Flitz', wonderful stuff, they sell it at gun shows a lot around here.
Message: Posted by: rogerpierre (Nov 25, 2012 09:40PM)
Please do not ruin them by cleaning them up! You'll distroy their value, and they will look like new.
Message: Posted by: MartiniMagic (Jul 1, 2013 09:33PM)
I clean my brass tricks but they are not antiques, just tricks I like to perform.
Message: Posted by: Rainboguy (Sep 7, 2013 08:09PM)
I would listen to what Richard says. He knows what he's talking about.
Message: Posted by: Hinge Thunder (Apr 9, 2018 11:08PM)
Thank you for this information. I was about to polish some brass effects that I had in storage from 20 years ago as I am getting back into magic. I shall reconsider polishing them now. The only thing is, sometimes an uneven patina can expose the method as the item is supposed to look uniform. In other cases, two or more items are supposed to look identical, such as rattle bars.
Message: Posted by: Anverdi-museum (Apr 20, 2018 03:56PM)
Sonny is right on the money....Flitz is excellent for this type of cleaning.
Message: Posted by: goodingda (May 10, 2018 07:38PM)
Antique collectors (non-magic) will tell you it is personal preference as to whether of not you what to clean the brass. For magic, I think it really depends on the item, and what you are using it for. I have tons of magic props. Some I perform with, some are collectables I just display. If it's a usable prop, I will go for several years without polishing the brass, and then I will remove the tarnish with Never-Dul, a great product! However, if it's an antique magic prop, especially one made of brass and wood, I seldom touch the brass, because if you polish it it won't look right with the natural aged wood patina. Again, this is personal preference.