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Old 02-10-2013, 09:05 AM   #1
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Tips for polishing gold colored hardware?

The Streamlines have a great gold theme to them, from the obvious gold stripe outside, to gold flecks in both the floor and cabinets, and gold colored
cabinet hardware.

Our cabinet hardware is corroded and I'd love to figure out how to polish them up without removing the gold colored plating. I'm not sure what it is exactly.

Does anybody have any ideas or tips on polishing hardware? I'll post a pic to make it easier to see the damage.

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Old 02-10-2013, 09:33 AM   #2
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Most of the gold is likely gold anodized aluminum; there are bits in our Tradewind like that. There might be some plated pot metal bits or steel as well.... you'll need to figure out what you have (magnet, weight, etc.)

You can use a very gentle polish on anodized aluminum, but you're limited in what you can achieve. Autosol makes some for this express purpose; I've not used it.

In general, plated/anodized surfaces are difficult to restore, which is why quality marine hardware is solid bronze or stainless - should it get ugly, a bit of time polishing will bring it back w/o any worries about wearing off layers.

Pictures will help narrow down what you have.

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Best thing, if it is that worn, is to paint it. Paint will last quite a while even on handles especially if you give it a coat of clear.
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Watch Antiques Roadshow. It's called "Patina". Sal
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You can use a very gentle polish on anodized aluminum, but you're limited in what you can achieve. Autosol makes some for this express purpose; I've not used it.
I've recommended this once already today on another thread, but you might try Brasso. Despite the name, it works on a lot of metals. It might work on anodized aluminum as well.
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I have a tube of Simichrome that I'm going to try first. I forgot to grab a handle before we took the trailer back to the storage lot, but I have a photo I'll post later. They are definitely plated steel, so we might have to paint them.
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Watch Antiques Roadshow. It's called "Patina". Sal
Oh I know patina. Here's our Jeep. No plans to alter the outside:


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I removed some of the cabinet hardware and tired to polish it. They are not solid brass. You will eventually remove all athe brass plating on them. I put mine back on , resolved to the patina. I am amazed all mine still work.
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That's real solid looking. My wife's 94 Grand Marquis has all the clear coat wore off but not a scratch on it. Looks new when it rains. Sal
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That's real solid looking. My wife's 94 Grand Marquis has all the clear coat wore off but not a scratch on it. Looks new when it rains. Sal
The top has a little surface rust, a few dents here and there, but no major rust. Not bad for a '73. She spent most of her life out east in the high desert of Eastern Oregon on a ranch. I had to replace the carpet as it was filthy, but other than that and a few minor fixes she's fun and solid. The plan was to use her to tow our vintage trailer, but I don't have the time to put into both a vintage tow rig and vintage trailer right now.

Anyhoo, back to cabinet latches. I might try polishing one, or sand it down and paint it. Would love to re-plate them, but it would probably be cheaper just to buy replacements. I still have bigger fish to fry before I get this far, just planning ahead.
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