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PostPosted: Thu Sep 15, 2016 3:55 pm 
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Hi - not sure if this is suitable for this forum, but I figured I'd give it a go & apologies if this is off-topic!

In the course of my flat renovation my contractor installed some solid brass door knobs - not the ones that I'd selected, which he said had too small a backplate; but rather some that he'd sourced himself.

They got scuffy & blemished pretty quickly as work was ongoing in the flat, so I recently made a misguided attempt at cleaning them with a scouring pad. (Yes, I know, that's a dumb move. My bad, won't happen again.) Within seconds of doing so, a much more silvery / chrome-looking colour shone through the brass colour. See the attached pic.

Now I know the lacquer has a different colour, but can these really be solid brass knobs? They look too silvery. And if they are solid brass, will anything restore that lovely gold appearance I've buggered up? (I had been told that solid brass items are gold to the core, so seeing this silver pop out surprised me.)

They're not magnetic, but I haven't tried the scratch test for fear of damaging them further. Any thoughts on whether these are solid brass or brass plated - and how to fix them - would be much appreciated. Thanks!

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No it's not solid brass,that can be polished up to its origional colour.
Those handles are steel with a very thin layer of brass plating or similar.


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That isn't solid brass, even after you remove the lacquer and scrub it there will still be a brassy colour to it. I would be speaking to your contractor.


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Brass handles weigh a fair bit too. I scrapped a load of them a few years back and got a decent return off the scrappy.


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Damn, pretty miffed about that but it's good to know for sure. Thanks for your help! :thumbleft:


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