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Topic: Restoring a Don Alan Chop Cup.
Message: Posted by: tomsk192 (Sep 24, 2013 05:53PM)
Dear All,

Last Winter I acquired a Don Alan Chop Cup, from a magician here in the UK who was retiring.

The cup is excellent, and works perfectly. It came in a green leather pouch. I do not know when the cup was made, or by whom, however it seems to have had a lacquer applied to the copper. This lacquer is spotted and peeled, and I wish to remove it completely, in order to restore it to its former glory.

Not being in anyway expert in such things, could anyone advise as to a gentle way to achieve this task?

Many thanks,

Message: Posted by: jakeg (Sep 25, 2013 08:48AM)
If you take the cup to an antique dealer, chances are that he can tell you how to take the lacquer off, or, he can send it out and have it done.
Message: Posted by: Donnie Buckley (Sep 25, 2013 09:48AM)
Have you tried pouring some Lacquer Thinner onto a rag and rubbing the surface of the cup with it?
I wouldn't suggest immersing the cup into any fluids as you don't want any fluids to get trapped inside the cup's recesses, but applying thinner to the surface should remove the lacquer.
Once you are down to bare metal, polish it.
Message: Posted by: tomsk192 (Sep 25, 2013 10:00AM)
Thanks guys, I'll let you know how it goes. :)
Message: Posted by: Bill Hegbli (Sep 28, 2013 10:58AM)
The paint can be taken off very easily with Paint Remover sold at any hardware store. Easiest to purchase the one that only uses water to remove the Paint Remover. Also buy a pair of heavy rubber gloves, as Paint Remover is a form of acid. Same with Lacquer Thinner, never handle the thinner in a way it can get on your skin.